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About There Was a Father

Rating:
Not rated
Year Released:
1942
Format:
35mm
Genres:
Drama
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Ozu’s frequent leading man Chishu Ryu is riveting as Shuhei, a widowed high-school teacher who finds that the more he tries to do what is best for his son’s future, the more they are separated. Though primarily a delicately wrought story of parental love, There Was a Father offers themes of sacrifice which were deemed appropriately patriotic by Japanese censors at the time of its release during World War II, making it a uniquely political film in Ozu’s body of work. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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