There Was a Father | Chicago Reader

There Was a Father

A quietly moving 1942 Japanse feature by Yasujiro Ozu chronicling the mutual devotion of a father (Chishu Ryu, in another of his exquisite, subtle performances) and his son over a 13-year period—from the father's resignation from teaching to his peaceful, triumphant death and the son's subsequent marriage. A delicate, straightforward exhortation to duty and sacrifice, presented with both humor and a kind of unforced serenity. In Japanese with subtitles. 88 min.

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