Originally produced as a motion picture in 2008, this biopic was directed by Yoji Yamada (山田洋次) based on the autobiographical novel by Teruyo Nogami (野上照代), who for many years worked with director Akira Kurosawa as script supervisor.
Set in Tokyo in 1940, the peaceful life of the Nogami Family suddenly changes when the father, Shigeru, is arrested and accused of being a Communist.
His wife Kayo works frantically from morning to night to maintain the household and bring up her two daughters with the support of Shigeru's sister Hisako and Shigeru's ex-student Yamazaki, but her husband does not return.
This is a heartwrenching yet emotionally satisfying drama of a mother and an eternal message for peace.
The husband, who was a professor, wasn't arrested on suspicion of being a communist but one who was against Japan going to war with China and writing about it, thereby being labeled as a traitor.
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