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Waga haha no ki (2011)

Based on an autobiographical novel by Inoue Yasushi, the film chronicles the passage of fifteen years within a family struggling with abandonment, resentment and decline with old age. As ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Kosaku
... Kotoko
... Kuwako
... Yae
... Segawa
... Sadayo
Rentarô Mikuni ... Hayato
Mimura ... Ikuko
Kumiko Itô ... Tamayo
... Shigako
Seiji Sasaki ... Schoolmate in wasabi field
Toshihiro Yashiba ... Nipponmaru sailor
Mariko Akama ... Mitsu
Ryô Ikeda ... Tennis club guest (as Ryo Ikeda)
Tomomi Satô ... Nipponmaru sailor
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Based on an autobiographical novel by Inoue Yasushi, the film chronicles the passage of fifteen years within a family struggling with abandonment, resentment and decline with old age. As the world turns, a son who has issues with his mother has to deal with his own children and role as a father as well. Written by aghaemi

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Written by Roy Orbison
[Roy Orbison's classic, is played as an instrumental in the background, about half-way through.]
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Excellent Ozu tribute from Japan
25 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

The opening shot is reminiscent of OZU's FLOATING WEEDS in which NAKAMURA GANJIRO and KYO MACHIKO had a shouting match in the rain, taking shelters in an alley separated by the hard rain. KYO had a red umbrella. So did this opening. A woman who wears the exact kimono KYO wore runs across the screen, breaking the tension between Young mother and her son, Kosaku. Beautiful tribute to the OZU masterpiece.

The film starts with the hard rain and ends with the end of rain. Young mother gives Kosaku a lucky charm in the opening. Aged Kosaku returns the lucky charm to his mother in the coffin in the end. Fascinating book-end effect! In between, many scenes involving water. At one point, Kosaku refers "Sea" as metaphor of Death.

His second daughter leaves for Hawaii by the sea reminiscent to the departure episode in TOKYO TWILIGHT. OZU tributes everywhere, yet the characters are deep on their own. Probably deeper than any characters in OZU films.

And then INGMAR BERGMAN. I think the basic situation of the novelist/antagonist is similar to GUNNAR BJORNSTRAND role in THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY.

This film won the Special Jury Grand Prix at the 2011 Montreal World Film Festival. How come it's not recorded in the award column?


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