Film Screening of Kigeki: Nippon no Obaachan (1962)

Film Screening of Kigeki: Nippon no Obaachan (1962)

Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 7:00pm
Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium See map
53 Wall St
New Haven, CT 06520

Kigeki: Nippon no Obaachan. 喜劇:にっぽんのお婆ちゃん (1962)

Director Tadashi Imai
Cast Chôko Iida, Tanie Kitabayashi, Chôchô Miyako
Screenplay Yôko Mizuki Cinematography Shunichirô Nakao

95 minutes

Two obaachans become fast friends listening to music in front of a record store. They both boast about their loving sons but in reality, one had just escaped a retirement home and the other was looking for an escape from her son and daughter-in-law. With nowhere to go, the two wander around, befriending a cosmetics salesman and a kind waitress who give them beer. This biting social satire starring two memorable grandmothers, scripted by Yôko Mizuki, picked up on Japan’s aging population problem far ahead of its time.

Sponsored by Council on East Asian Studies and Films at the Whitney