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Kabei: Our Mother-Movie Review *** 07/09/2011

Posted by Films to consider in Based on true story, Drama, Emotional Drama, Japanese language film, Movies.

Kabei: Our Mother (Japanese) 2008

Among other nominations:
NOMINATED, Best Actress (Yoshinaga), Asian Film Awards
NOMINATED, Best Actress (Yoshinaga); Best Director (Yamada); Best Screenplay (Emiko Hiramatsu and Yoji Yamada) and several other nominations, Awards of the Japanese Academy
NOMINATED, Golden Berlin Bear (Yamada), Berlin International Film Festival

Directed by Yoji Yamada
Starring Sayuri Yoshinaga, Tadanobu Asano, Mirai Shida, Bando Mitsugoro, Rei Dan, and Miku Sato

In Tokyo in 1940, writer and scholar Shigeru Nogami (Mitsugoro) is arrested and accused of “thought crimes.” His wife Kayo (Yoshinaga) must take care of their two daughters, the thoughtful Hatsuko (Shida) and the spunky Teruyo (Sato). As war begins and her husband remains in prison, Kayo tries to keep a cheerful home and optimistic attitude for the girls.

A touching and uplifting story, with some lighthearted moments. Highly recommended.

Director Yoji Yamada previously worked with famed Japanese director, Akira Kurosawa. Kabei is based on the memoirs of Japanese novelist Teruyo Nogami, who also worked with Kurosawa as script supervisor on some of his earlier films.

133 min. Unrated. Adult themes, but suitable for older children.



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