The latest film from Yoji Yamada depicts the strong bond between a mother and her family during WWII. Set in Tokyo in 1940, the peaceful life of the Nogami Family suddenly changes when the father, Shigeru, is arrested and accused of being a Communist. His wife Kayo works frantically from morning to night to maintain the household and bring up her two daughters with the support of Shigeru's sister Hisako and Shigeru's ex-student Yamazaki, but her husband does not return. WWII breaks out and casts dark shadows on the entire country, but Kayo still tries to keep her cheerful determination, and sustains the family with her love.
One of the recent greats of Japanese cinema is director Yoji Yamada, the same director responsible for award winning films such as “Twilight Samurai”, “Hidden Blade” and “Love and Honor”. I loved Yamada’s take on the samurai period, they had a powerful sense of humanity that felt very real and sincere. When I heard about his latest film I eagerly awaited its release on dvd, and thankfully the film is also being released as part of a limited … more