by Chris MaGee
Here's a North American release that came in under the radar. Apple Trailers is currently hosting a gorgeous Quicktime trailer for Yoji Yamada's critically-praised 2008 film "Kabei: Our Mother" that opened in select cities last Friday, May 22nd care of the folks at Strand Releasing. Based on Akira Kurosawa's longtime collaborator and script supervisor Teruyo Nogami's memoir of growing up in Tokyo during the Second World War "Kabei" tells of the hardships endured by Nogami's mother Kayo (Sayuri Yoshinaga) while trying to keep her family together after her husband is arrested for being a suspected Communist. Kayo is helped in her struggle by her sister-in-law, played by Mirai Shida, and an old student of her husband's, portrayed by Tadanobu Asano.
Check out the trailer at Apple here and then check your local listings. Hopefully you will still be able to catch this one on the big screen before it's inevitable DVD release.