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36 Ratings

Her Brother

おとうと | Ototo

Directed by Kon Ichikawa
Japan, 1960


This moving film, about the force of familial obligations in an authoritarian, patriarchal household during the Taisho period, is one of Ichikawa’s personal favorites, and possibly his greatest success in Japan.

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Her Brother Directed by Kon Ichikawa

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1961 | Special Mention: Technical Grand Prize

Kinema Junpo Awards

1961 | 2 wins including: Best Film

What are people saying?

  • John Baldwin's rating of the film Her Brother

    This is a good movie and many people in Japan have loved it (including Kurosawa), but it's not one of my favorite Ichikawas. The reason is that for once he was working with another screenwriter, Yoko Mizuki, rather than his usual collaborator: his wife, Natto Wadda. The sharpness and irony of the latter's usual work is missing here. As admirably restrained and intelligently acted as it is predictable.

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