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September 20, 2014
Enjoyable, episodic look at Japanese life, circa 1951.
December 19, 2013
Naruse's sunniest picture embraces both the pain and the joy of living--Charming and Rueful!!
January 19, 2012
I'll keep it simple-if you're a mother, you will enjoy this little gem. *Spoiler Alert* Her teenage son's heartbreaking effort to escape from hospital...so that he can die at home with his beloved mother will bring you to tears...
May 17, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

(1952) Mother
(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
½ May 11, 2011
Okaasan (Mother) is a superb family drama that's told ever so simply. It's a moving drama with occasional bits of humor. The great Japanese actress Kinuyo Tanaka (best known for her work in Kenji Mizoguchi's masterpieces The Life of Oharu, Ugetsu, & Sansho the Bailiff) is excellent in the title role and Daisuke Kato (best known for his work in some of Akira Kurosawa's films) is also quite good. But it's the central performance by Kyoko Kagawa as the daughter that is the most noteworthy. This film has a mixed feel of Yasujiro Ozu's style with some of Kenji Mizoguchi's feministic style. It's an excellent film and I look forward to watching more by the master director Mikio Naruse. 9/10
½ January 19, 2011
Kinuyo Tanaka expertly plays the weary and worried mother who struggles to keep her household going after her husband dies in postwar Japan. Naruse allows us to view the story through the eyes of the chirpy teenage daughter which lends a certain naivite to the proceedings. Not as emotionally rich as some of his other films.
July 1, 2010
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.
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