The Little House (Chiisai Ouchi)


Rafael 3 Fri, Oct 3, 2014 6:00 PM
Lark Theatre Sat, Oct 4, 2014 11:00 AM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:136
Director:Yoji Yamada
Producer:Hiroshi Fukasawa
Hiroyuki Saito
Screenwriter:Yoji Yamada
Emiko Hiramatsu
based on the novel “Chiisai ouchi
” by Kyoko Nakajima
Cinematographer:Masashi Chikamori
Editor:Iwao Ishii
Cast:Takako Matsu
Haru Kuroki
Takataro Kataoka
Hidetaka Yoshioka
Satoshi Tsumabuki
Chieko Baisho
Print Source:Shochiku


While cleaning out the apartment of his deceased great aunt Taki, a young Japanese man finds her autobiography. He recalls sitting with his kindly, melancholy relative, helping her sort through various remembrances—how, in 1936, the young Taki (Haru Kuroki, who won the best actress award at the Berlin Film Festival for her performance) travels from the countryside to Tokyo, taking a job as a maid. She tends to a toy maker, his wife, and their polio-stricken son. Everything seems idyllic until rumors of war begin to circulate, and Taki finds herself caught up in the machinations of history. A veteran filmmaker responsible for the long-running Tora-san series, Yoji Yamada delivers the sort of traditional shomin-geki (family drama) that Shochiku used to produce by the pound during Japanese cinema’s golden age. It’s a look back at a tempestuous period in the country’s not-so-distant past that manages to be nostalgic and bittersweet in equal measure.


Additional Information

Yoji Yamada was born in 1931. He made his film debut in 1961, and later launched the successful “Tora-san” series, which started in 1969 and became one of the world’s longest running series of 48 films. Over the years he has directed many successful films including "The Yellow Handkerchief” (1977) which was remade into a Hollywood film. “The Twilight Samurai” was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 76th Academy Awards®, winning him international acclaim. In 2013, "Tokyo Family" makes the international premiere at the 63th Berlin Film Festival and this is the 9th time to show YAMADA's works at the festival.