There Was A Father

There Was A Father

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A father and his son, a son and his father. Horikawa is a widower, a teacher, and a good father to Ryohei, who's about 10. After a tragedy, Horikawa resigns from teaching and takes Ryohei from Tokyo to the town of Ueno, enrolling him in junior high; to the lad's sorrow, he will be a boarder. Horikawa returns to work in Tokyo, their separation is complete. Jump ahead more than ten years: with dad's help, Ryohei has finished college and has a teaching job in Akita. Horikawa considers living with his son, which Ryohei wants, but the elder's notions of duty and hard work preclude it. Ryohei arranges a ten-day vacation with his father. Heartbreak comes quietly, nearly hidden by dignity.
Publisher: [Japan]: , Films sans frontières (Firm) [distridutor], , [1942]
Copyright Date: ©1942
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (1 hr. 23 min. 19 sec.)) : sound, color


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Sep 02, 2018

It was difficult to truly completely understand the father's rationale for the separation from his son. As a non-Japanese viewer, this notion of self sacrifice for the country seems a tad extreme, however that was the reality of the Japanese at that time. Another wonderful movie by Ozu.

voisjoe1 Jun 03, 2013

“There was a Father” is a great Yasujiro Ozu film starring one of his favorite actors, Chishu Ryu. Because of circumstances and/or choice, a widowed father and young son begin to live apart and do not get the opportunity to see one another for a long time. And choices are made that continue this separation. Somehow the duty or sacrifice to the country or career, separation, is more important than being together. One lesson, is to savor the company of your family members and eliminate absence for nebulous, prideful or foolish reasons, for life slips by and you will not be able to regain lost opportunities.

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