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
Mirai Shida ... Hatsuko Nogami
Chieko Baishô Chieko Baishô ... Hatsuko Nogami - adult
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Keiko Toda ... Teruyo Nogami - adult
Mitsuru Fukikoshi
Michie Tomizawa
Rei Dan ... Hisako
Sayuri Yoshinaga Sayuri Yoshinaga ... Kayo Nogami
Kôen Kondô
Daisuke Gôri Daisuke Gôri ... Man Talking to Toru
Kumiko Nishihara
Masuo Amada Masuo Amada
Mizuho Suzuki ... Hajime Nikaido
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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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Kabei: Our Mother (2008)
17 January 2012 | by SnakesOnAnAfricanPlainSee all my reviews

Yoji Yamada is one of today's most brilliant directors. I have really enjoyed his period pieces, which have brought back fun memories of classic Samurai movies. Yamada has a subtle and quiet voice which he usually uses well. Kabei: Our Mother seemed like it came from a different director altogether. Set out like a series of memoirs, the film relied heavily on an intrusive narration and episodic structure. I never felt at ease, or intrigued, by the films pace. There were segments I enjoyed, most involving Asano, who kept his emotions in the open without making them obvious. The end was also very melodramatic, with screaming and crying forcing their way in. It was all very 'bitty', but each individual 'bit' had something to enjoy.


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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

Gross USA:

$14,416

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,385,964
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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