The story of a family in Tokyo who live under the same roof in a large house and include the widowed sixty-year-old mother, older son and his wife, the youngest daughter and the older ... See full summary »
In Older Brother, Younger Sister, director Mikio Naruse's adaptation of an oft-filmed popular novel by Saisei Murô, the eldest daughter (Machiko Kyô) of a rural family comes home pregnant, ... See full summary »
Hideko Takamine is a conductress on a shabby bus in the countryside. She greets the passengers, takes their fares, and thanks them when they leave. Business is poor; a competing company has new, clean buses. Cheerful Hideko ropes her driver and a visiting writer into writing a script about local sights for her recite as they travel along their route. Little do they know that their money-grubbing boss has plans that will ruin their happiness. For the moment, they are content.
For Mikio Naruse, with his stories of small tragedies in a constantly changing Japan, this short feature is as good a life as it can get for the little people he cares about. They are kind, well-meaning people who wish to be moral. Happiness is such a fleeting emotion. Perhaps we should all learn to be satisfied with that.
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