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The Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947)

directed by Yasujiro Ozu
featuring Chishu Ryu, Choko Iida, Takeshi Sakamoto

About this title: In this classic shomin-geki ("story of middle-class life"), Ozu relates the slightly comic tale of a boy abandoned by his parents in postwar Japan. After his desertion, the little boy is discovered by a "tenement gentleman," who, in a gesture of kindness, decides to bring the boy back home with him. His kindness stops short of adopting the boy, however, and his roommate refuses to let the boy live in their apartment. Not wanting to forsake the child again, the tenement gentleman gathers the neighbors together and they ... read more

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