Todake No Kyodai (1941)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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This early-'40s effort from legendary director Yasujiro Ozu prefigures not only the filmmaker's own masterpiece Tokyo Story in terms of mood and story, but also such sprawling family-ensembles as The End of Summer and Yi Yi. Todake No Kyodai (aka The Toda Brothers and Sisters) opens with the titular upper-class family posing for a portrait session, shortly after which Mr. Toda dies of a heart attack. As the remaining members of the clan mourn the death of their father, they learn that he's left them with a huge amount of debt.