Yoji Yamada’s Kabei – Our Mother, which is based on the war time memoirs of Teruyo Nogami, got its first foreign screening at the Berling Film Festival on Wednesday. The film tells the story of a woman (Sayuri Yoshinaga) forced to look after her two young daughters and herself after her husband is imprisoned for harbouring “unpatriotic” ideas.
Nogami, of course, was Kurosawa’s script supervisor and close aide from the late 1940s all the way until the director’s death. Last year, her book Waiting on the Weather: Making Movies with Akira Kurosawa was published in English. For more information about the book, see the section on Kurosawa books.