The Only Son The Only Son
  • Japan
  • 1936
  • 82 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #525

Yasujiro Ozu’s first talkie, the uncommonly poignant The Only Son is among the Japanese director’s greatest works. In its simple story about a good-natured mother who gives up everything to ensure her son’s education and future, Ozu touches on universal themes of sacrifice, family, love, and disappointment. Spanning many years, The Only Son is a family portrait in miniature, shot and edited with its maker’s customary exquisite control.

Cast

Tsune NonomiyaChoko Iida
Ryosuke (adult)Shinichi Himori
Ryosuke (child) Masao Hayama
SugikoYoshiko Tsubouchi
OtakaMitsuko Yoshikawa
OkuboChishu Ryu

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer
  • New video interviews with film scholars Tadao Sato, David Bordwell, and Kristin Thompson
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic and historian Tony Rayns

Film Essays

The Only Son: Japan, 1936

By Tony Rayns July 13, 2010

At the author’s request, Japanese names are given here in their traditional form: surname first. Nineteen thirty-six was a decisive year for imperial Japan, marked by extreme violence at home . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: 2010—One Last Look

January 03, 2011

Before we put 2010 to bed, we thought we’d catch up with all the year-end lists that have sprung up over the past week or so. A good place to start is DVD Beaver’s annual poll, which ranks the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Only Son: Japan, 1936

By Tony Rayns July 13, 2010

At the author’s request, Japanese names are given here in their traditional form: surname first. Nineteen thirty-six was a decisive year for imperial Japan, marked by extreme violence at home . . . Read more »