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Burden of Love

Ai no onimotsu

Directed by Yûzô Kawashima
Japan, 1955
Yûzô Kawashima's Post-War Japan


WWII is at an end. Baby boomers are in full bloom. Minister Araki is introducing a healthcare bill that aims to establish “Birth Control Consultation Centers” across Japan. As his speech echoes in the national assembly, his wife receives a different message from the doctor: She is pregnant.

Our take

There’s baby fever in post-war, post-occupation Japan! Nearly every woman, young or old, married or single, desirous or not, faces motherhood in Yuzo Kawashima’s socially-minded farce. This clever mixture of comedy and “issue film” showcases the director’s great ability to juggle large ensembles.

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