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Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1941 • Japan
Starring Mieko Takamine, Shin Saburi, Hideo Fujino
Following a three-year break from filmmaking while he completed military service, Yasujiro Ozu returned to directing with this pointed family drama which in many ways anticipates the themes he would explore again in TOKYO STORY. His distinctive, contemplative rhythms are on beautiful display in the story of a widow (Ayako Katsuragi) who discovers that her recently deceased husband has left her with nothing but debt and married children who are unwilling to support her—until her most forceful son (Shin Saburi) returns from China and shakes things up.