The Only Son/There Was A Father
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The Only Son/There Was A Father


$49.98 $34.99


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Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Year: 1936, 1942
Format: DVD
Genre: Drama
Cast: Chishu Ryu, Choko Iida, Shinichi Himori, Shuji Sano
Original Language: Japanese
Subtitle Language:
Number of discs: 2
Street Date: 13-Jul-10
Runtime (minutes):


These rare early films from Yasujiro Ozu are considered by many to be two of the Japanese director’s finest works, paving the way for a career among the most sensitive and significant in cinema. The Only Son and There Was a Father make a graceful pair, bookending a crucial period in Japanese history. In the former, Ozu’s first sound film, made during a time of intense economic crisis, a mother sacrifices her own happiness for her son’s education; the latter, released in the midst of World War II, stars Ozu stalwart Chishu Ryu as a widowed schoolteacher whose devotion to his son ends up driving them apart. Criterion proudly presents these nearly lost treasures for the first time on home video.

* New high-definition digital transfers
* New video interviews with film scholars Tadao Sato, David Bordwell, and Kristin Thompson
* New and improved English subtitle translations
* PLUS: Booklets featuring essays by critic and historian Tony Rayns, an appreciation of actor Chishu Ryu by Japanese film scholar Donald Richie, and comments by Ryu on director Yasujiro Ozu

_New covers by Adrian Tomine_

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