About Her Brother
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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
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 ..."
- Filming starts January, 2009 at Kinuta Studios, Tokyo.
- "Ototo" has same title as Kon Ichikawa's 1960 film, but is not a remake.
|Sayuri Yoshinaga||Tsurube Shofukutei||Yu Aoi||Ryo Kase||Nenji Kobayashi|
|Ginko Takano||Tetsuro Endo||Koharu Takano||Toru Nakata||Shohei Tanno|
|Haruko Kato||Yuriko Ishida||Takashi Sasano||Fumiyo Kohinata||Leo Morimoto|
|Takano Kinuo||Chiaki Komiyama||Maruyama||Susumu Komiyama||Endo|
Additional Cast Members:
- Koen Kondo
- Sotaro Tanaka
- Lasalle Ishii
- Gajiro Satoh
- Akio Yokoyama
- Midoriko Kimura
- Medaka Ikeno
- Narumi Kayashima - Nobuko Tanno
- Sokyu Fujita
- Tomio Suga - Midori's houseowner
- 2010 (60th) Berlin International Film Festival - February 11th-21th - Competition
- 2010 (30th) Hawaii International Film Festival - October 14-24 - Spotlight on Japan *Hawaii Premiere
- 2010 (12th) Mumbai Film Festival - October 21-28, 2010 - Celebration of Japanese Cinema
- 2010 (34th) Sao Paulo International Film Festival - October 22-November 4, 2010