About Her Brother

Synopsis: Ginko seems to be living the good life: She's the respectable owner of a neighborhood drug store in Tokyo, and her daughter Koharu is about to get married to a doctor. However, Koharu's wedding day also brings homes Ginko's younger brother Tetsuro, a failed actor and a hard drinker who shows up causing trouble. Having covered for him all her life, Ginko is ready to disown her burdensome younger brother, but some things are easier said than done...
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Yôji Yamada
  1 win & 12 nominations.
126 min

Between the Peace Treaty of 1951,

and the Security Treaty of 1960...

as Japan regained its


my mother was growing

up in Osaka.

While the Osaka Expo

was drawing millions,

and that strange

anti-hero 'Tora-san'...

first took the screen,

she came to Tokyo

to study Pharmacy...

met my father,

and fell in love.

They married, and ran a pharmacy

in the suburbs of Tokyo.

In time, I was born.

I remember my mother

in front of the TV, delighted...

when her beloved Hanshin Tigers

won the baseball championships,

first time in 21 years.

There was also,

the tragic airplane crash...

and the National Railways

going private.

Through those bewildering days...

I sat before the TV,

as if nailed in place.

My father, who was always frail

passed away when I was still small.

My mother's younger brother,

a far wilder Tigers' fan than she was...

who celebrated their victory

by jumping into the Dotonbori Canal,

started coming up to Tokyo

to help look after me.

He called himself an actor,

and was very funny.

I loved him when I was small...

but as I grew up

and he never changed...

he became annoying.

The relatives disliked him

for the problems he'd cause...

and five years ago,

at my father's 13th-year memorial,

he got drunk and disorderly.

My mother

had harsh words with him.

After that we lost touch.

About Her Brother

Takano Pharmacy

I'm back!

A gift from the beauty parlor.

Isn't that nice!

Put them in some water.

We finally got an answer

to your uncle's wedding invitation.

I saw it. It's not an answer,

it was returned.

'This item was delivered to

the specified address...

'but the presence of the addressee

could not be confirmed...

'so it is being returned.'

I told you there was

no point inviting him.

I guess not.

I'll get it.


Oh, hello.

We've brought a gift.

What? Just a minute.

Mother! Come here!

It's Dr. Endo and Mr. Maruyama.


What brings you both?

They gave us this.


on behalf of the Area Merchants.

You didn't have to!

Time goes fast.

It seems like only yesterday Koharu

said she hated dentists...

and bit my hand.

Thank you for everything.

Not at all.

We're losing a pretty girl.

Everyone's disappointed.


Us two.

It can't be helped, though.

As long as you're happy.

We shed tears over it every night.

And you shed hair.

Hands off!

Thank you.

Be happy.

Wasn't there anyone local?

For what?

A young lad to win Koharu's heart.


You've got a son, don't you?

Forget it.

A high-school dropout

against a university hospital doctor?

No, huh?


Did that new bell come in?

Can't you talk?

Knock, knock.



I hear you.

Dinner's ready.

'I hear you.'

Then why can't she answer?

Give that to her son.

You know what your dad said

when you were born?

'Let'll be a sad day

when she goes as a bride.'

He's weeping in

his grave right now.

Father, I'm sorry.

Stop doing that.

You're not a child.

Mother, shall I help you

with your kimono tomorrow?

No, thank you.


That woman's brother

from Osaka...

Your crazy uncle...

Is he coming?

No. We couldn't find him.

Oh, that's good.

I can't abide that man!

That ill-bred lout!

I know that.

Well! A feast!

That smells good!


We're celebrating.

This is once in a lifetime.

Well, everyone...

There's only three of us.

So what?

All three of us, then...

To Koharu's happiness.

Thank you.

And Grandma,

you get along with Mom, ok?

You said that last night.

You're going senile.

Look who's talking!

Well, let's eat.


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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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