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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Brothers and Sisters of the Toda FamilyDirected byYasujirô Ozu
Influence of western civilization on Japanese ancestral traditions. Is it propaganda or not? Anyway, it's true that the modern world doesn't know what to do with its old people. Make it a double feature with 'Tokyo Story'. Recommended.
Charming Ozu picture. Saburi shines (as ever!) but it is the whole cast that makes this such a sweet and lovely little film. Not one of Ozu's defining masterworks but it plays over some very important themes and does that very well and in a tone which went perfectly with what Ozu was doing directorially. 4/5