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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

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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
Chieko Baishô Chieko Baishô ... Hatsuko Nogami - adult
Mitsuru Fukikoshi
Rei Dan ... Hisako
Daisuke Gôri Daisuke Gôri ... Man Talking to Toru
Sayuri Yoshinaga Sayuri Yoshinaga ... Kayo Nogami
Michie Tomizawa
Kôen Kondô
Hideji Ôtaki Hideji Ôtaki
Keiko Toda Keiko Toda ... Teruyo Nogami - adult
Mizuho Suzuki Mizuho Suzuki ... Hajime Nikaido
Takashi Sasano Takashi Sasano
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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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Drama

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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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To all Mothers
27 July 2009 | by lreynaertSee all my reviews

A Chinese scholar who criticizes harshly the arrogant nationalist, warmongering policies of the ruling clique around the emperor in pre-war Japan, is accused of being a 'communist' and jailed for life. His loving wife, who supports totally her husband and his ideas, is left alone to save her family from starvation. This movie is a huge statue erected in praise of the role of the mother in the history of mankind. Sayuri Yoshinaga is not less than sublime in the title role and it was a monumental scandal that she didn't get an Asian Oscar for the best female role in 2009. It went to a young girl with very limited acting potential.

This deeply moving and most 'human' feature is a must see for all 'true children' on earth.


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