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The Inheritance

(Karami-ai)

BAMPFA Collection

featuring

So Yamamura, Misako Watanabe, Minoru Chiaki, Keiko Kishi,

“For his follow-up to The Human Condition, Kobayashi turned to an intimate, character-driven story. As superficially different as the family-scandal melodrama The Inheritance may be from that nine-and-a-half-hour epic, it shares its moral sensibility. Shot mostly in interiors, the film charts the quiet chaos that erupts after a dying businessman (So Yamamura) announces that the lion’s share of his fortune is to be divided among his illegitimate children, with only a small portion going to his much younger spouse (Misako Watanabe). . . . This is Kobayashi’s first drama set in an exclusively bourgeois milieu, and its visual condemnation of materialism is especially pronounced.”

Michael Koresky
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Koichi Inagaki
Based On
  • a novel by Norio Nanjo

Cinematographer
  • Ko Kawamata
Language
  • Japanese
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 'Scope 35mm
  • 206 mins
Source
  • BAMPFA
Permission
  • Janus Films