THERE WAS A FATHER (Yasujiro Ozu, 1942)

A masculinization of it, with the parent making the sacrifices this time a father, Yasujiro Ozu’s Chichi ariki suffers from some of the same melodramatic tendencies as his The Only Son (1936); but Chishu Ryu, who plays Shuhei Horikawa, gives an exceptionally fine performance.      Horikawa, a schoolteacher, is raising alone his son, Ryohei. When he […]