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  • Movie: About Her Brother (English title) / Younger Brother (literal title)
  • Romaji: Ototo
  • Japanese: おとうと
  • Director: Yoji Yamada
  • Writer: Yoji Yamada, Emiko Hiramatsu
  • Producer: Hiroshi Fukasawa, Kenichi Tamura
  • Cinematographer: Masashi Chikamori
  • Release Date: January 30, 2010
  • Runtime: 126 min.
  • Genre: Family / Award Winning
  • Production Company: Shochiku
  • Distributor: Shochiku
  • Language: Japanese
  • Country: Japan

Plot

In Tokyo, on a corner exists Takano Pharmacy. The owner is widow Ginko Takano (Sayuri Yoshinaga) who lost her husband a long time ago. Ginko has one daughter named Koharu (Yu Aoi) who lives with her, and also living with them is Ginko's mother-in-law Kinuo (Haruko Kato). Ginko's daughter Koharu is engaged to an elite doctor. The day before the wedding, Ginko receives a wedding invitation that she mailed to her younger brother. The invitation was returned to sender. In Osaka, Ginko's younger brother Tetsuro (Tsurube Shofukutei) works as an actor and is an alcoholic. Tetsuro has been estranged from the family since he made a drunken scene at Ginko's husband's 13th death anniversary.

On the day of the wedding the mother-in-law is thankful that Tetsuro did not arrive. Ginko's older brother Shohei (Nenji Kobayashi) feels proud when Koharu states "...thank you for raising me." The atmosphere at the wedding is warm and calm, but later turns darker. Tetsuro, dressed in clean clothes, arrives at the wedding sweating. Shohei tells his younger brother "Please don't drink today." But, Tetsuro cannot help himself. With other young people at the wedding, Tetsuro starts drinking. Later, Tetsuro grabs the microphone and rambles incoherently. He then starts singing and knocks things over. Shohei can hear the groom's parents disproving comments. Shohei then tells them, "I will cut off all relations with Tetsuro ..."

Notes

  1. Filming starts January, 2009 at Kinuta Studios, Tokyo.
  2. "Ototo" has same title as Kon Ichikawa's 1960 film, but is not a remake.

Cast

Younger Brother-Sayuri Yoshinaga.jpg Younger Brother-Tsurube Shofukutei.jpg Younger Brother-Yu Aoi.jpg Younger Brother-Ryo Kase.jpg Younger Brother-Nenji Kobayashi.jpg
Sayuri Yoshinaga Tsurube Shofukutei Yu Aoi Ryo Kase Nenji Kobayashi
Ginko Takano Tetsuro Endo Koharu Takano Toru Nakata Shohei Tanno
Younger Brother-Haruko Kato.jpg Younger Brother-Yuriko Ishida.jpg Younger Brother-Takashi Sasano.jpg Younger Brother-Fumiyo Kohinata.jpg Younger Brother-Leo Morimoto.jpg
Haruko Kato Yuriko Ishida Takashi Sasano Fumiyo Kohinata Leo Morimoto
Takano Kinuo Chiaki Komiyama Maruyama Susumu Komiyama Endo

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Masao Hayashi I really liked the movie...very touching. The cast is made by many good actors and actresses.

vincent arby luna the movie was great ..... it was very unique ....everytime my tears will fall ...it stops because the movie was also funny :) i had a great time ..... thank you very much for showing it to the Philippines :) i hope there will be more movies will be made like this :) .....after this i will be going to the mall again .. to watch another movie :)

commento What kind of a review or sinopsis is that? It doesn’t make sense in the ordinary! However, I do get it. (heh)

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