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Kabei: Our Mother (2008)

Kâbê (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 26 January 2008 (Japan)
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Based on childhood days of Teruyo Nogami.

Director:

Yôji Yamada

Writers:

Teruyo Nogami (biography), Yôji Yamada (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tadanobu Asano ... Yamazaki Toru
Mayumi Tanaka
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Mirai Shida ... Hatsuko Nogami
Rei Dan ... Hisako
Chieko Baishô Chieko Baishô ... Hatsuko Nogami - adult
Mitsuru Fukikoshi
Michie Tomizawa
Daisuke Gôri Daisuke Gôri ... Man Talking to Toru
Sayuri Yoshinaga Sayuri Yoshinaga ... Kayo Nogami
Keiko Toda Keiko Toda ... Teruyo Nogami - adult
Mitsugorô Bandô Mitsugorô Bandô ... Shigeru 'Tobei'
Kôen Kondô
Tomie Kataoka Tomie Kataoka
Kumiko Nishihara Kumiko Nishihara
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Storyline

Depicting the period in and around World War II in Japan, 'Our Mother' depicts the madness and inhumanity of what happens when a right-wing militaristic government takes over and drives a nation to annihilation. The tragedy not only strikes a nation as a whole, but comes to the doorsteps of a woman who is left alone and desperate with everyone for whom she cares and knows victimized by conservatism, jingoism, nationalism and arrogance. There is no respite. Written by aghaemi

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Drama

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 January 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Kabei: Our Mother See more »

Filming Locations:

Iida, Nagano, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,072, 10 May 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,579, 12 July 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Outstanding and unexpectedly weepy movie
6 February 2011 | by ledorkySee all my reviews

I came into this not knowing anything about the movie and as soon as Tobei was arrested, my thinking cap came into play and became instantly wary about what was to come (i.e. very predictable plot about to unfold). Well the plot was close to what I imagined it would be but I can't say enough about the wonderful acting. Especially of Kabei (Sayuri Yoshinaga) and the kids. Even bumbling Ichi the Killer was passable and provided some levity to an otherwise pretty depressing movie. The hot aunt was very easy on the eyes and the old lecher of an uncle was also pretty hilarious. My one complaint was that Sayuri looked a bit old to play the part, she looked more like a grandma but her acting was impeccable. I won't write about the plot since the other reviewers have practically revealed everything but the overall pace was good and the directing not heavy handed. The movie looked a little low-budget at times but I can't fault the movie for that. Must see on Netflix if you're a subscriber. Prepare the tissues since IMO it's impossible to cry if you're a normal human watching this flick.


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