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My Second Brother (Nianchan) [1960]

20 Apr

101m; Japan

Director: Shôhei Imamura

Cast: Hiroyuki Nagato, Kayo Matsuo and Takeshi Okimura

Synopsis (IMDB): Set during Japan’s depression years in the 50s, Nianchan (read: My Second Brother) tells the story about a family of 4 orphans, who are forced by circumstances to fend for themselves. Being in a mining town where the mining company is beginning to right-size its operations, jobs are getting scarce, and wages are getting lower with frequent cuts. Sticking together trying to find a way out of the vicious circle is close to impossible, and they realize that they have a better chance at carving a living if they split up.

 
 

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