KABEI - Our Mother
Tokyo in 1940. Kayo Nogami never regrets a single day of marriage to her husband Shigeru. At the time, her father was very much against the match, but that was all a long time ago and now, they have daughters who call their parents “Kabei” and “Tobei” with whom they lead a perfectly happy family life. But then, all at once, their happiness comes to an end when one cold winters’ morning Shigeru is arrested and imprisoned for political reasons. With no idea how long her husband must remain imprisoned, Kayo is left to fend for herself. One of Shigeru’s students, Toru Yamasaki, who now works for a tiny publishing company, is the only one who supports the family during this difficult time. Their mutual affection grows every day that Yamasaki comes to see them and it is not long before the daughters address him as Yama-chan. Their beautiful Aunt Hisako and their loud and infamous Uncle Senkichi also do their best to help the despondent family keep up their spirits. And so the Nogamis manage to struggle along. Shigeru is in his second year of imprisonment when the Japanese air force attacks the American fleet in Pearl Harbor unleashing the war in the Pacific. The New Year begins without any news from Shigeru. And then, the family receives a telegramme …
by Yoji Yamada
with Sayuri Yoshinaga, Mitsugoro Bando, Tadanobu Asano, Rei Dan
Japan 2007 132’

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Shochiku Co., Ltd.

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