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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.


Yôji Yamada


Teruyo Nogami (biography), Yôji Yamada (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Tadanobu Asano ... Yamazaki Toru
Mayumi Tanaka
Mirai Shida ... Hatsuko Nogami
Chieko Baishô Chieko Baishô ... Hatsuko Nogami - adult
Sayuri Yoshinaga Sayuri Yoshinaga ... Kayo Nogami
Mitsuru Fukikoshi
Daisuke Gôri Daisuke Gôri ... Man Talking to Toru
Keiko Toda ... Teruyo Nogami - adult
Michie Tomizawa
Rei Dan ... Hisako
Kumiko Nishihara
Takumi Tsutsui Takumi Tsutsui
Kôen Kondô
Mizuho Suzuki ... Hajime Nikaido


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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Yamada Youji delivers again
15 August 2008 | by ethSinSee all my reviews

"Kaabee" depicts the hardship of a woman in pre and during WWII, raising her kids alone after her husband imprisoned for "thought crime". This movie was directed by Yamada Youji, and as expected the atmosphere of this movie is really wonderful. Although the historical correctness of some scenes, most notably the beach scene, is a suspect.

The acting in this movie is absolutely incredible. I am baffled at how they managed to gather this all-star cast for a 2008 film. Yoshinaga Sayuri, possibly the most decorated still-active actress in Japan, will undoubtedly win more individual awards for her performance in this film. Shoufukutei Tsurube in a supporting role was really nice as well. It was Asano Tadanobu though, who delivered the most impressive performance, perfectly portraying the wittiness of his character and the difficult situation he was in.

Films with pre-war setting is not my thing, but thanks to wonderful directing and acting, I was totally absorbed by the story. Also, it wasn't a far-left nonsense like "Yuunagi no Machi, Sakura no Kuni", and examines the controversial and sensitive issue of government oppression and brainwashing that occurred in that period in Japan. Excellent film, highly recommended for all viewers.

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Release Date:

26 January 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Iida, Nagano, Japan See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,072, 10 May 2009

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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