• Director

    Yasujirô Ozu

  • With

    Kinuyo Tanaka, Shuji Sano, Chieko Murata

  • Japan 1948. 84min

  • 35mm

  • English subtitles

Set in aftermath of the Second World War and a rubble-strewn Tokyo, Tanaka plays Tokiko, a devoted, near-destitute mother who turns to prostitution to pay medical bills when her son falls dangerously ill. However, Tokkio’s husband, returning from the war, cannot accept what she has done. Tanaka’s performance drives the narrative and conveys the complexity of Tokiko’s situation.

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