Okaasan (Mother) (1952)





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Mother is a story of contemporary Japan. The film is predicated on an annual nationwide contest at Tokyo schools, wherein the students are invited to write about their mothers. One of the students is Kyoto Kagawa, whose relationship with her mother Kinuyo Tanaka is strained at best. Through Kyoto's eyes, the viewer is privy to the growing pains of young Japanese womanhood, including "first romance". Avoiding the pomp and circumstance of many Japanese films of the period, Mother is an intensely realistic (and occasionally pessimistic) look at all-too-human characters. Completed in 1952, the film was the only one of director Mikio Naruse's efforts to receive an American release in the 1950s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Concordia Pictures


Kinuyo Tanaka
as Masako Fukuhara Mother
Masao Mishima
as Ryosuke Fukuhara
Akihiko Katayama
as Susumu Fukuhara Son
Kyoko Kagawa
as Toshiko Fukuhara Daughter
Eiji Okada
as Shinjiro Baker
Daisuke Katô
as Uncle Kimura
Chieko Nakakita
as Aunt Noriko
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Critic Reviews for Okaasan (Mother)

All Critics (1)

Simultaneously sentimental and meta.

Full Review… | February 14, 2006
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Okaasan (Mother)

This is very much like Meshi, Naruse's film from the previous year. Sunny in tone, while being extremely depressing in content, about a family that struggles with death and financial hardship. Again, characters are constantly discussing money, without overtly mentioning the toll it's taking on their lives. The mother is played by Kinuyo Tanaka, a central figure in so many key Mizoguchi films. Also appearing is the loveable Daisuke Kato, recognizable from Seven Samurai, and other Kurosawa films. The real star is Kyoko Kagawa, another Kurosawa and Mizoguchi regular, who plays the teenage daughter and serves as the film's voice. She has a heartbreaking demeanor to her, as she quietly (and not so quietly) witnesses the family's setbacks. This is a very touching film, again reminiscent of a mix between Ozu and Mizoguchi. It strikes an odd feeling at times, but a compelling one.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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