There Was a Father

There Was a Father

Directed by: Yasujiro Ozu

Friday, June 19 - Sunday, June 21, 2015

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Yasujiro Ozu’s frequent leading man Chishu Ryu is riveting as Shuhei, a widowed high school teacher who finds that the more he tries to do what is best for his son’s future, the more they are separated. Though primarily a delicately wrought story of parental love, THERE WAS A FATHER offers themes of sacrifice that were deemed appropriately patriotic by Japanese censors at the time of its release during World War II, making it a uniquely political film in Ozu’s body of work. – Janus Films

87 Minutes, In Japanese with English subtitles
Japan, 1942

"A heartbreaking performance for the ages."
- Time Out (London)

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