The Only Son / There Was A Father – Criterion [DVD] (1942) *NEW*

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The Only Son / There Was A Father – Criterion [DVD] (1942) *NEW*


These rare early films from Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story, An Autumn Afternoon) are considered by many to be two of the Japanese director’s finest works, paving the way for a career among the most sensitive and significant in film history. The Only Son and There Was a Father make a graceful pair, bookending a crucial period in Japanese history. In the former, Ozu’s first sound film, made during a time of intense economic crisis, a mother sacrifices her own happiness for her son’s education; the latter, released in the midst of World War II, stars Ozu stalwart Chishu Ryu (Late Spring, Tokyo Story) as a widowed schoolteacher trying to raise a son despite financial hardship. Criterion proudly presents these nearly lost treasures for the first time on home video.

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The Only Son (1936)

In 1923, widow Tsune Nonomiya sacrifices everything, even her home, to send her son Ryosuke to high school. However in 1936, making her first visit to Tokyo to see him, she is shocked to find that he has lost his important civil service post and is now a low-paid night school teacher and with a wife and son he has never told his mother about. Only an unselfish action by Ryosuke redeems him in his mother's eyes.
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Directed by Yasujirō Ozu
Produced by Den Takayama
Written by Yasujirō Ozu (as James Maki) (story)
Tadao Ikeda
Masao Arata (screenplay)
Starring Chōko Iida
Shin'ichi Himori
Chishū Ryū
Music by Senji Itō
Cinematography Shōjirō Sugimoto
Distributed by Shōchiku
Release date
  • 1936
Running time
82 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese


There Was A Father (1942)

In the the wake of a terrible tragedy, a poor schoolteacher hopes that his son will succeed where he has failed.
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There Was a Father
Directed by Yasujirō Ozu
Written by Tadao Ikeda
Yasujirō Ozu
Takao Anai
Starring Mitsuko Mito
Chishū Ryū
Shin Saburi
Cinematography Yushun Atsuta
Release date
  • April 1, 1942
Running time
94 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

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Weight 0.9 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 1.3 × 7.3 in


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