Okaasan (Mother) Reviews
(In Japanese with English subtitles)
Metaphorically social commentary story involves a narration of a teenage daughter about her mothers sustainability after WWII!
In order to fully appreciate this film, one would have to be aware about Japanese history or at least be familiar with Japanese culture which also includes the story. For example, I didn't know back on those days Japanese noodles "Udon" used to be cheaper than rice for instance because these days a small pack of Udon is way more expensive than rice! The story is very subtle and involving with some surprising touches, some identifiable easily influenced by American culture but works well with this Japanese setting! Personally written and directed Mikio Naruse about the after affects of WWII especailly the strain on mothers and the impact onto their families, remeniscent of Yasiro Ozu of Tokyo Story fame!
A very high
3 out of 4 stars