|Oshin - The Movie|
Director: Shin Togashi
Writer: Sugako Hashida, Kota Yamada
Cast: Kokone Hamada, Aya Ueto, Goro Inagaki, Pinko Izumi
In 1907, Oshin's impoverished parents decide they have send her off to work as a live-in servant at a lumber shop in order to reduce the number of mouths they have to feed. In exchange, they will receive 130 pounds of rice. Oshin is hurt and initially resists the move, but changes her mind after her mother almost dies attempting to self-induce a miscarriage by bathing in freezing cold water.
In spite of the harsh conditions at the lumber mill, Oshin works diligently until she's accused of theft. Offended, she runs away and gets caught in a blizzard. She almost dies, but is rescued by a hunter named Shunsaku who is in fact a war deserter. Shunsaku takes Oshin in and teaches her basic reading and arithmetic.
After a series of trying events, Oshin eventually returns home and is sent to work for a rice wholesaler with a young daughter about the same age as Oshin. However, she finds herself in yet another difficult position after a certain incident occurs between them.
"Oshin" is based on the NHK drama series "Oshin," which ran from April 4, 1983 to March 31, 1984.
Child actress Kokone Hamada was selected to play Oshin Tanimura after auditioning among 2471 other candidates.
2013 - Color - Anamorphic Widescreen 109 Min.
Japanese with Optional English subtitles