Mother (1963 film)

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Directed by Kaneto Shindo
Written by Kaneto Shindo
Starring Nobuko Otowa
Cinematography Kiyomi Kuroda
Release date
  • November 8, 1963 (1963-11-08)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Mother (, Haha) is a 1963 Japanese drama film written and directed by Kaneto Shindo.[1]


Tamiko (Nobuko Otowa) is a single mother. Her son Toshio (Koji Takahashi) is going blind. He is diagnosed with a brain tumour. She does not have the money for surgery. She asks her mother Yoshie (Haruko Sugimura) for money. Yoshie refuses but arranges a marriage with another single parent, Tajima (Taiji Tonoyama) on condition he pays for the surgery. Tamiko marries Tajima and works with him in his printing business. Toshio is operated on and recovers. However, the tumour returns. The surgeon (Kei Sato) refuses to operate, saying that another operation would be fatal, and tells Tamiko to make Toshio's remaining life enjoyable. Toshio starts learning braille. Tamiko's brother Haruo lends her money to buy an electric organ for Toshio. Haruo, a barman, is involved in various fights over women, and finally dies in an attempt to kill a rival. Toshio dies of the tumour. Tamiko discovers she is pregnant and is determined to have the baby, even if it is dangerous to her health.



Tajima's vehicle is a Mazda K360. Many of the scenes are filmed against the background of the Genbaku Dome in Hiroshima.


  1. ^ "Mother". Complete Index to World Film. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 

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