Artikelnummer 6154

A MOTHER NEVER DIES (Haha wa Shinazu) (1942) * with switchable English subtitles *

Mikio Naruse Writers: Katsuhito Inomata (screenplay), Sensuke Kawauchi Takako Irie ... Sadayo Yukiko Todoroki Yukiko Todoroki ... Yumiko Ichirô Sugai Ichirô Sugai ... Sugai Hideo Saito Hideo Saito ... Shûgo Kamatari Fujiwara Kamatari Fujiwara ... Uemura (as Keita Fujiwara) Sadako Sawamura Sadako Sawamura ... Uemura's wife Susumu Fujita Susumu Fujita Masaru Kodaka Masaru Kodaka Kaoru Itô Kaoru Itô Jun Maki Jun Maki Yônosuke Toba Yônosuke Toba Eitarô Shindô Eitarô Shindô Masao Shimizu Masao Shimizu Kenji Asada Kenji Asada Hyô Kitazawa Hyô Kitazawa

Sadayo loses his job, forcing him and his family to move to a poor neighborhood. While he resolutely works his way back into respectability, his wife grows ill. To avoid being a burden, she kills herself, leaving a note urging her husband to make the boy into a great man, a good Japanese man. As Irie doggedly advances, he grows more humble; the son, however, forgets his mother's message, even as he remembers her love, and grows to have a sense of entitlement. 

DVD-R is in Japanese with switchable English subtitles.  Approx. 103 mins.  See film samples for sound and video quality!  


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MOTHER a rare film tribute to the strength of family, 30.10.2022 02:04
You will undoubtedly see reviews of this film online that condemn the second half for falling into propaganda territory. For heavy film scholars, l suppose structurally it does lend itself to some heavy handed moments, but overall l found this film a rare and moving tribute to the enduring strength and impact the role of motherhood plays in the family. In American films, the characterization of mothers is often as domineering or smothering cliches, so it's refreshing to see such a warm portrayal of a woman's legacy in a foreign film, especially in a culture where females are more subservient. Overall, a solid character study about a father and son as they try to forge a future guided by the spirit of the deceased mother/wife. Whatever forced nationalistic messages that exist in the final reel of the film seem trivial compared to the center performances, which are heartfelt and universal. Far more emotional than political and worth your viewing consideration.
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