Kb (Kaabee) (Kabei: Our Mother)
Kb (Kaabee) (Kabei: Our Mother) (2008)

Veteran Japanese filmmaker Yoji Yamada's 80th feature film concerns a mother living in 1940s-era Tokyo who is forced to care for her two daughters alone after her husband is jailed for expressing reformist views on the Japanese invasion… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 26, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Hartl
Seattle Times

Partly because they're relatively rare, homefront movies usually offer a fresh perspective on the tragedies of World War II. That's the case once more with Kabei: Our Mother, a sad and stirring drama from the other side of the Pacific.

David Fear
Time Out

The film's comparisons of one woman's suffering to one nation's social descent aren't well drawn enough to escape its own melodramatic pitfalls.

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Don Willmott

Painful though it may be, Kb is finely crafted and totally enjoyable. Watch

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

For those who prefer movies of substance, there are alternatives -- and I don't mean Terminator Salvation.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

Old workhorse Yamada delivers the solar plexus emotional hit of a tragic telegram with precision that shows a lifetime's practice, turning Hallmarkisms sublime.

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Stan Hall

Yoji Yamada's historical drama about a Japanese family's travails during wartime imperial rule teeters on the edge of melodrama, but thankfully hews to a stable and surprisingly poignant path.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Enriched by Mutsuo Naganuma's velvety photography, the director's restrained emotional grammar is surprisingly affecting.

Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter

Hits all the right spots to make you cry like chopping onions.

Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

[An] unpretentious, engrossing, well-nuanced and tender drama brimming with a raw and powerfully moving performance by Sayuri Yoshinaga.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
Yoji Yamada is one of today's most brilliant directors. I have really enjoyed his period pieces, which have brought back fun memories of classic Samurai… More
Tobias Ximnez
The Japanese classicism of Ozu is alive and well in director Yji Yamada. Sayuri Yoshinaga's complex performance as the mother in this is simply stunning