Woman of Tokyo (1933)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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In this melodrama of sibling love, an older sister must struggle to raise her younger brother on her own. Wanting only the best for her brother, who shows much promise, the sister works herself to the bone providing for him. His schooling costs more than she can afford, however, and she turns to prostitution, concealing her fall from her brother and his girlfriend. In the film's climactic scene, her brother commits suicide after learning of her sacrifice. The film also includes a great self-referential scene when the siblings go to the movies and see part of the W.C. Fields classic If I Had a Million. The subtly composed interiors and deft acting mark it as a work of director Yasujiro Ozu.