Older Brother, Younger Sister

Older Brother, Younger Sister

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In Older Brother, Younger Sister, director Mikio Naruse’s adaptation of an oft-filmed popular novel by Saisei Murô, the eldest daughter (Machiko Kyô) of a rural family comes home pregnant, testing some already tenuous family bonds. Naruse shows his considerable skill at portraying household dynamics, filming Kyô in relaxed and/or reclining positions (indicative of her character’s exhaustively maintained independence) that are then intruded upon by her ill-tempered older brother (Masayuki Mori), whose initially comic, brute-force presence grows increasingly menacing and treacherous as the film progresses. Among the stand-out sequences: an illuminative interlude by a river where several hundred townspeople let loose a flurry of small model boats carrying candles and a bittersweet scene where Kyô and her bookish younger sister return home, after some world-wearying big city experiences, along literally divergent country roads that eventually intersect.

Distributor
Daiei
Runtime
86 min
Rating
NR
Year
1953
Director
Mikio Naruse
Screenwriter
Yôko Mizuki
Cast
Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Yoshiko Kuga, Eiji Funakoshi, Yuji Hori