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Cast
Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara, Haruko Sugimura, Nobuo Nakamura, So Yamamura, Kuniko Miyake, Kyôko Kagawa, Eijirô Tôno, Shiro Osaka
Released
1953
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Do the Hirayamas represent a dysfunctional family or a functional family struggling with typical life transitions?

Physician Kōichi tells his wife Fumiko, “I have to see a patient.”
Fumiko tells Isamu his father must go “To a patient’s.”
“A patient needs him.“ (0:25)

Her mother-in-law Tomi tells office worker Noriko, referring to Tomi’s deceased husband Shōji, “I feel he must still be alive somewhere... He must be dead.” (0:44)

Card players: “Idiot.”
”Idiot.” (0:50)

One maid tells another, referring to a patron, “He’s an idiot.” (0:54)

Shūkichi’s scribe friend Hattori tells their retired police chief friend Numata, “You got drunk.”
”I often wish at least one of my sons were alive.”
Numata: ”Must have been hard to lose both of them.”
”You miss them when they’re not around.” (1:05)

One bar patron tells another, “Idiot, got lucky at the after-after party.”
The barmaid tells Numata, “You’re so drunk.” (1:08)

Tomi tells Noriko,“What a treat to sleep in my dead son’s bed.” (1:15)

Police officer Takahashi tells beauty salon operator Shige, referring to her father Shūkichi and Numata, “They’re quite drunk.”
Shige tells her husband Kurazō , ”Used to come home dead drunk... but he stopped drinking...”
”They’re too drunk to make it.”
”So late and so drunk. I hate drunkards.“ (1:18)

Tomi has died. Shige asks Noriko and Kyōko, “Did you bring mourning clothes?” (1:48)

Funeral for Tomi. Her son Keizō stares at the graveyard. (1:54)

Shūkichi tells his children and daughters-in-law, “You’ve been kind to come and give your time so we could mourn her.” (1:59)