There Was a Father

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A widowed high school teacher finds that the more he tries to do what is best for his son's future, the more they are separated.


Chishu Ryu
as Shuhei Horikawa
Shin Saburi
as Yasutaro Kurokawa
Takeshi Sakamoto
as Makoto Hirata

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a vastly underrated ozu classic. there was a surprising political element, rare for ozu even during the wartime censorship, but that didnt overwhelm the film or detract form the powerful premise at all. as a parent, this film is gut wrenching. a father maintains a surprising level of affection from his son despite hampering their relationship as he punishes himself for a mistake made while his son was a young boy. the culture of japan at the time is portrayed with clarity that is educational for us today, and the ozu trademarks that become more evident later in his career appear in this film in spurts. ryu is his usual steady self, and the film hits home well in a short and effective running time.

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