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The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (1941)

Todake no kyôdai (original title)
When the patriarch of the Toda family suddenly dies, his widow discovers that he has left her with nothing but debt and married children who are unwilling to support her--except for her most thoughtful son, just returned from China.

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Yasujirô Ozu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mieko Takamine ... Setsuko Toda
Shin Saburi ... Shojiro Toda
Hideo Fujino Hideo Fujino ... Shintaro Toda
Ayako Katsuragi Ayako Katsuragi ... Mrs. Toda
Mitsuko Yoshikawa ... Chizuru
Masao Hayama ... Ryokichi
Tatsuo Saitô Tatsuo Saitô ... Shinichiro
Kuniko Miyake ... Kazuko
Yoshiko Tsubouchi ... Ayako
Michiko Kuwano Michiko Kuwano ... Tokiko
Chishû Ryû ... Friend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chiyoko Fumiya Chiyoko Fumiya ... Take
Chôko Iida ... Kiyo
Yaeko Izumo Yaeko Izumo ... Shige
Shohichi Kawamura Shohichi Kawamura ... Suzuki
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Storyline

When the patriarch of the Toda family suddenly dies, his widow discovers that he has left her with nothing but debt and married children who are unwilling to support her--except for her most thoughtful son, just returned from China.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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There has been speculation that Ozu's direction of this film related to his own family's situation where his sister-in-law (married to his older brother) and mother did not get along. See more »

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Version of Over the Hill (1931) See more »

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Cold shoulders and hallucinating screens
27 October 2012 | by vitachielSee all my reviews

Todake No Kyodai wonderfully captures Japanese social mores in its most regrettable form. If you wouldn't know better, you'd think that the people inhabiting the various interiors (almost all of the movie takes place indoors) are mere acquaintances. Strong socio-specific communicative regulations pervade every conversation, every movement, every wink of the eye.

I don't know much about Japanese society, but the fact that the family's mother is given the cold shoulder (after the pater familias had deceased) stroke me as a critique against individualized (westernized?) modern Japan.

I would also like to mention a nice, though unintended effect the movie had on me: the copy has aged gracefully and at times provides cool hallucinating screen compositions and distorted rainfall sounds, which are welcome diversions from the otherwise monotonous goings-on in the still home environments.


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