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Tora-San, an itinerant peddler who is thrown out of his father's house twenty years before but reconnects with his aunt, uncle and sister Sakura. Tora wreaks some havoc in their lives, like getting drunk and silly at a marriage meeting.
When Sokichi stops providing his long-time lover Kikuyo enough money to pay for the care of their three young children, Kikuyo leaves the children with Sokichi - and his very surprised and angry wife Oume - and disappears.
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In a poor 19th century rural Japanese village, everyone who reaches the age of 70 has to climb a nearby mountain to die. An old woman is getting close to the cut-off age, and we follow her last days with her family.
I have just seen this in 2014. First run through I wasn't sure, but when I replayed some of the scenes, I began to see such a richness of detail and varied moods and camera angles that I was really drawn in. For example, just before she leaves for the ferry, as her pursuers are closing in--there is a scene of the harbor shore line at dawn, small waves slowly washing in, very calm. Another detail--of foreshadowing--is the bar owner's sister breaking a glass ashtray, just before we see him being killed. The fox dance scenes were spellbinding, another instance of varied mood and intensity. The film did npt lack in humor, as the scene in which the protagonist bangs her tambourine way out of time. Agree with the other reviewer that the heroine' acting was quite amazing.
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