• Director

    Mikio Naruse

  • With

    Kinuyo Tanaka, Kyôko Kagawa, Daisuke Katô

  • Japan 1952. 98min

  • 35mm

  • English subtitles

Tanaka is formidable as the matriarch in this classic, which is often cited as Japan’s most important contribution to neo-realism. She plays the resilient Masako Fukuhara, who struggles to provide for her children by keeping the family’s laundry business running following her husband’s death. Dense with social observation, Mother is also emotionally rich.

Print courtesy of National Film Archive of Japan.