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Most famous in Japan and in the West for his long-running Otoko Wa Tsurai yo series which totaled a record breaking 48 installments, Yoji Yamada has in his spare time made some of Japan's most beloved works such as the Siawasi No Kiroi Hankachi, which won best picture in the 1977 Japanese Academy Awards. In this go around, Yamada treads familiar territory about tradition and change. The film centers on Akio (Rentaro Mikuni), a family patriarch who maintains a traditional household in northern Iwate...more