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103 minutes · 1936

This 1936 melodrama, about a mother who slaves in a silk mill to put her son through college, became Yasujiro Ozu's first talkie. Characteristically, the great minimalist of Japanese directors came to sound five years later than most of his colleagues, and the film, which contains some strikingly noir-ish imagery, still reflects a healthy distrust of dialogue. In Japanese with subtitles.

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