Kb (Kaabee) (Kabei: Our Mother) (2008)



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Veteran Japanese filmmaker Yoji Yamada's 80th feature film concerns a mother living in 1940s-era Tokyo who is forced to care for her two daughters alone after her husband is jailed for expressing reformist views on the Japanese invasion of China. Professor Shigeru Nogami (Mitsugoro Bando) is an outspoken man with some particularly unpopular political views, and for his role in speaking out against the Japanese invasion of China he is promptly jailed. In the wake of his imprisonment, Professor … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Yoji Yamada, Emiko Hiramatsu
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On DVD: Sep 8, 2009
Strand Releasing - Official Site

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as Toru Yamasaki

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as Senkichi Fujioka

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as Senkichi Fujioka

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Partly because they're relatively rare, homefront movies usually offer a fresh perspective on the tragedies of World War II. That's the case once more with Kabei: Our Mother, a sad and stirring drama from the other side of the Pacific.

Full Review… | July 10, 2009
Seattle Times
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For those who prefer movies of substance, there are alternatives -- and I don't mean Terminator Salvation.

Full Review… | May 22, 2009
New York Post
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Enriched by Mutsuo Naganuma's velvety photography, the director's restrained emotional grammar is surprisingly affecting.

Full Review… | May 22, 2009
New York Times
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The film's comparisons of one woman's suffering to one nation's social descent aren't well drawn enough to escape its own melodramatic pitfalls.

Full Review… | May 20, 2009
Time Out
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Old workhorse Yamada delivers the solar plexus emotional hit of a tragic telegram with precision that shows a lifetime's practice, turning Hallmarkisms sublime.

Full Review… | May 19, 2009
Village Voice
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Hits all the right spots to make you cry like chopping onions.

February 14, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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Audience Reviews for Kb (Kaabee) (Kabei: Our Mother)


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.

Luke Baldock

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The Japanese classicism of Ozu is alive and well in director Yji Yamada. Sayuri Yoshinaga's complex performance as the mother in this is simply stunning

Tobias Ximnez

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