Record of a Tenement Gentleman

Synopsis: In post-war Japan, a man brings a lost boy to his tenement. No one wants to take the child for even one night; finally, a sour widow, Tané, does. The next day, complaining, she takes the boy to his neighborhood and finds his father has gone to Tokyo; it seems the boy has been abandoned. Tané wants to leave him there, but he follows her home. The next morning he disappears fearing a scolding after wetting the bed. Tané realizes she likes having him there, searches for him, and keeps him when he's found that night. Within days, she considers him her son.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Yasujirô Ozu
Production: Criterion Collection
Rotten Tomatoes:
72 min

Even the moon is shadowed

once in a while

Let alone small human beings

Easily shadowed into darkness

They still linger in the air

Your sweet words and concern

make me feel I am stabbing you

in the back.

Believe me, it's not easy

But try to understand, and divorce me

It's harder than death for me

If you shun me, I'd rather die

I'm back

But I am

I'm home

Welcome back

Somebody here?


But I heard you

Forget it. You're back early today

Hey, come here!


I picked up this kid


He followed me from Kudan


No, just lost. He's from Chigasaki

Let's put him up for the night

Don't bother with him

But I feel sorry for him

Why should we do that?

Let someone else do it

Take him to Tane

You won't put him up?

Not me. I hate kids


Leave him with Tane

He's a good kid

Not me. Take him over there

I see

Come on

Good evening

Good evening

Good evening

Hey, come here

You see, Tane

Do you like to have a kid?

I picked him up, and I want you

to take him in

What's all this?

He followed me from Kudan

And he won't leave me

will you put him up for the night?

Why don't you put him up?

Tamekichi is dead against it

If he doesn't, I won't

Don't say that, he told me to ask you

Let him stay, will you?

No thanks

Look, I'm asking you

No. I hate kids

Come on, have a heart

Hey, Mr. Tashiro, it's no joke


Hey, wait! This is no way


Dry it with the fan

This is a mess. What can I do?

About what

That kid, he's a nuisance

I beg off taking care of him

What's wrong?

He wet the bed last night

Ruined a good mattress

Peed just like a horse

Some calamity

Where's Tashior?

He just left

It's all his fault

I'm not keeping the kid

so do something

Do what?

Keep him or send him away

it's up to you

I took him for one night

now it's your turn

Don't be silly

Who's being silly, just think!

You're responsible, too

Tashiro found him

so you keep him here

Not me, no thank you

The kid who pees like a horse

Why don't you kick him out?

Don't be stupid. Then, you do it

What a thing to pick up on the street

Let's ask Kawayoshi

Yes, let them take him, alright?

No, we can not

I have lots of work and kids

And not enough room

You've got enough room. A nice place

Raising 3 children or 4

makes no difference

It's not the same

How about your place?

My place is no good

Why is it no good?

Nothing wrong with it

Let him stay at your place

He could help you

That's right, let him stay

Oh, come on

Tashiro picked up a devil

I guess someone must take him back

to Chigasaki

Then, we can find his house

And leave him there

That's the best thing to do

How about it, Tane?

Fine, but not me

Oh, don't say that

No, count me out

But someone has to go

Then, you go

What do you say?

What do you say?

Will you go?

No kidding!

Some trouble Tashiro picked up

Alright, we'll draw lots

No hard feelings, whoever

gets the marked one will go


Kawayoshi, alright?

It's alright

I'll make the lots

The X mark is it

If you get it, you go

It's me!

So, it's you. Sorry

I'm getting in deeper trouble

No hard feelings. Just luck

Tane, it's your luck

What luck?

On, come on, how about some tea?

You kidding?

Hey, mine's got an X too

That's right. Mine too

See, haste makes waste, eh?

I get it

Keep it between us, alright?

Of course

It's a long trip. If she finds out

she'll kill us

We didn't know them well

He's a carpenter and his house

was destroyed

We just rented them a room

while he had a job here

For 10 days or so

Ah, I see

And a couple days ago,

He left with the kid looking

for work in Tokyo

Do you think he'll come back?

I don't think so

He took everything with him

The mover might know where he is

I don't know


Your father's a hardhearted man, too

You didn't get lost, you were deserted

Why don't you stay at that house?

They'll keep you

You used to live there

Take it, there's no more

After eating, go to that house, alright?

What's this, now?

Look, be a good kid and get me

some shells

I want them for souvenirs

Go on, you're a good kid, go on, hurry

I'll bite you!

Fortune, physiognomy, palmistry

Can a fortuneteller really tell all that?

Sure. There's nothing else

as positive as that

But I saw you go out wearing rain boots

and it turned out to be

a beautiful sunny day

Weather isn't my business

the radio can tell you that

Welcome back

Oh, welcome back

I know it wasn't easy

Did it go well?

Nothing goes well

His parents aren't there

I wasted my time going to Chigasaki

Besides, the train was full

I got in through a window

I didn't know the train fare went up

Thanks, Tashiro


What's he carrying?

Potatoes. I bought them cheap

by the station

I'd be damned if I came back

empty handed

Poor kid, he's worn out

Only 16 pounds

Did anyone come when I was out?

No, nobody

We'll have a regular meeting tonight

at Kawayoshi's

Oh, that's right

It's about time

Today's a lucky day for Kawayoshi

How's that?

His son won 2000 yen in the lottery

It's not bad at all

He'll treat us tonight, I hope

I hope so, too

I'll get rid of the potatoes now

Put the potatoes down

You can make a bed, can't you?

Go to bed early

Don't wet the bed again, you hear?

We want you to remain

head of our group

No, let me quit this time

Don't say that, you must do it

We'll help, but you must be the chief

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Tadao Ikeda

Tadao Ikeda (池田忠雄, Ikeda Tadao) (5 February 1905 - 5 May 1964) was a Japanese screenwriter and film director. After graduating from Waseda University, he joined the Shochiku studio and came to prominence writing screenplays for such directors as Yasujirō Ozu, Mikio Naruse, Kōzaburō Yoshimura, and Yasujirō Shimazu. He also directed a few films. more…

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