New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series

(The Mother)

FEBRUARY 21, 2003 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m.
Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
(Free and Open to the Public)

(Japan, 1952, 98 minutes, b&w, 35mm)
(In Japanese with English subtitles)

Directed by Mikio Naruse
Starring Kinuyo Tanaka, Masao Mishima, Kyôko Kagawa

A masterpiece of postwar Japanese cinema, OKASAN is the story of a poor, working class mother with a sick husband who sacrifices herself to support her family in suburban Tokyo. The film defines "Shomin Geki," a Japanese film genre that features realistic depiction of the economic underclass, told with elements of light comedy and melodrama. OKASAN is the best-known work of director Mikio Naruse, hailed by Japanese film historians as an equal of Kurosawa, Ozu and Mizoguchi, but underappreciated in the West.