Mother (母)
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Mother (母)
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(C)1963 Kindai Eiga Kyokai Co., Ltd.


This little known film by Kaneto Shindo is a beautifully shot black and white drama depicting the determination of a mother who survived the Hiroshima A-bomb. Tamiko is a divorced mother struggling to care for her eight-year-old son. When he is diagnosed with a brain tumour, Tamiko is forced to marry another single parent, with the condition he pays for the operation.

Shindo’s Mother is masterfully shot and paints a poignant, at times heart-breaking, portrait of the struggling lower class in post-war Japan.

Year: 1963

Film Format: 35mm; black and white
Rating: Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult.

In Japanese with English subtitles.


  • Director
    Kaneto Shindo/
  • Screenplay
    Kaneto Shindo/
  • Producers
    Toshio Itoya/ Setsuo Noto/ Tamotsu Minato/ Eisaku Matsuura/
  • Cast
    Nobuko Otowa/ Haruko Sugimura/ Koji Takahashi/ Takeshi Kato/ Taiji Tonoyama/ Yoshitaka Zushi/ Yasuko Yokoyama/ Seiji Miyaguchi/ Kei Sato/

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