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Tôkyô tawâ: Okan to boku to, tokidoki, oton (2007)

Leaving her alcoholic husband, Eiko takes their son Masaya away from Tokyo and back to her hometown in a Kyushu rural mining community. She toils to support him though many years of ... See full summary »

Director:

Joji Matsuoka

Writers:

Lily Franky (novel) (as Lily Frankie), Suzuki Matsuo (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joe Odagiri ... Masawa Nakagawa
Kirin Kiki ... Eiko Nakagawa
Yayako Uchida Yayako Uchida ... Eiko Nakagawa - young
Takako Matsu ... Mizue
Kaoru Kobayashi ... Nakagawa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tamae Andô Tamae Andô
Yoshiyoshi Arakawa Yoshiyoshi Arakawa
Akira Emoto Akira Emoto ... Doctor from Sasazuka Clinic
Junko Emoto Junko Emoto
Chisako Hara Chisako Hara
Hiroyuki Hirayama Hiroyuki Hirayama ... Isoyama
Itsuji Itao
Ayumi Itô ... Tamami
Ryô Iwamatsu Ryô Iwamatsu ... Editor on the phone (voice)
Ryô Katsuji ... Hiraguri
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Storyline

Leaving her alcoholic husband, Eiko takes their son Masaya away from Tokyo and back to her hometown in a Kyushu rural mining community. She toils to support him though many years of schooling even after he wastes his time while studying art in a Tokyo university. After graduation he struggles to find work and finally pulls his life together for his mother's sake, ultimately ending up with multiple jobs as an illustrator and even as the host of a sexually-themed talk show on radio. When Eiko becomes ill with cancer, Masaya invites her to live with him in back in Tokyo where the roles of support are reversed. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 April 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo Tower, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The young Okan (mother) is played by Yayako Uchida who is the daughter of Kirin Kiki who played the old Okan. See more »

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There Was A Mother And Son
21 June 2010 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

This film is based on a best selling biography and it mostly tells the story of a mother and son. Told by the son and punctuated with numerous flashbacks, the film has a poignancy and sweetness that reminds me somewhat of Ozu's great films, in that it is a simple story about a relationship, told at a deliberately slow pace and it is not given to overt emotion, like it would be if it was made in America. The touching aspect of the film will move everyone, especially if you have a mom or she is forever in your heart. The cinematography is uniformly wonderful, it enhances the story. Clearly, this feels like a labor of love. I think its a special film, it tugs at your heartstrings while not manipulating your feelings. I fairly highly recommend it.


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