Hitori musuko (The Only Son)

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A good-natured mother gives up everything to ensure her son's education and future.


Critic Reviews for Hitori musuko (The Only Son)

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Why was I thinking about flower arrangement while watching "The Only Son" the first sound film made by the Japanese master Ozu? It must have involved the meticulous and loving care he used with his familiar visual elements.

Feb 7, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Ozu distills a lifetime of silent misunderstandings and muffled frustrations in a painful succession of false smiles and showy courtesies ...

May 11, 2015 | Full Review…

... the level of disappointment and despair in this film is unusual and devastating.

Aug 11, 2010 | Full Review…

It's the noted director's first talkie and one of his best signature family dramas.

Jul 30, 2010 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hitori musuko (The Only Son)


you can already see the technical prowess of ozu's technique in this early film. the film was shot well and the story deeply moving. the film is held back slightly by the emptiness of the materialism of the culture that drives the idea of success, and the dialogue was a bit dry at moments, but the undertones of the relationships of the characters were crafted well by ozu. overall a great film.

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