Mother (1952 film)

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Publicity image for the movie Mother
Directed by Mikio Naruse
Produced by Ichiro Nagashima
Written by Yūko Mizuki (screenplay)
Starring Kinuyo Tanaka
Kyōko Kagawa
Daisuke Katō
Music by Ichirō Saitō
Cinematography Hiroshi Suzuki
Edited by Hidetoshi Kasama
Distributed by Shintoho
Release date
  • 12 June 1952 (1952-06-12) (Japan)
Running time
98 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Mother (おかあさん, Okaasan) is a 1952 black-and-white Japanese film directed by Mikio Naruse, starring Kinuyo Tanaka in the title role. The film is based on the on a prize-winning entry of a school essay-writing competition and screenplay by Yūko Mizuki.[1]

The film is presented as the view of young woman named Toshiko Fukuhara, the daughter of a widowed mother of four children during the tough post-war years.


The film depicts a tough period in the life of Masako Fukuhara (Kinuyo Tanaka) who struggles to look after an ill son, failing from dust of velvet-making workshop, a husband ill from overwork in the war, a young girl, a younger boy cousin and a teenage daughter Toshiko (Kyōko Kagawa). Forced to take over the family dry-cleaning business after the death of her husband, Masako also attempts to cope with her daughter's rebellious behavior. Toshiko, meanwhile, harbors suspicions that her mother is falling for her Uncle Kimura (Daisuke Katō), even as she herself starts to feel the first stirrings of love and passion. Through it all, Masako works on uncomplaining and efficient, while enjoying the pleasures of watching her children grow up.



1953 - Blue Ribbon Awards

1953 – Mainichi Film Award


  1. ^ "Okaasan". Retrieved 2007-11-28. 
  2. ^ Awards Internet Movie Database.

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