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Tôkyô tawâ: Okan to boku to, tokidoki, oton

Aka: Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad (World-wide)
Director: Joji Matsuoka
Year: 2007
Country: Japan
Runtime: 142 minutes
Genre: Drama

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Based on Lily Franky's best selling autobiography, the film focuses on a touching mother-son relationship amidst the lights of 1970s Tokyo. Born in the coal mining city in Fukuoka, Masaya grows up with inheriting both sides of the genes of his forever hopeless and reckless Dad and the gentle and strong Mom. After going into a complete downfall, his life suddenly changes when Mom is found sick with cancer, and she comes to live with him under the bright lights of Tokyo... Movie unfolds from a young man`s recollections of his wild painter father and his hard working mother. His earliest memories are when his mother got fed up with the father`s drunken antics and brought him back to her small mining home town to live. Growing up in a fading mining town with summer visits to his father he decides to become an artist like his father. With a little training from his father and unquestioning love and support from his mother he makes it into a regional high school known for its art program. Here he starts a wastrel student life that he continues through high school and even into college in Tokyo. All the while he is living off the hard earned money his mother keeps sending him... -

Children's Cast:

Shohei Tanaka Boku - secondary school

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