Based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Aya Koda, daughter of the Meiji era novelist Rohan Koda, Her Brother is one of Ichikawa’s most honoured films. This Cannes-award-winning film also earned the title of the Best Film of 1960 in the Kinema Junpo critics poll.
Cannes Film Festival, Technical Grand Prize – Special Mention (1961). Kinema Junpo Awards, Best Film, Best Director (1961).
Her Brother is screened as part of the Japanese Film Festival's Kon Ichikawa Retrospective.
Presented by The Japan Foundation and ACMI
Her Brother is a moody family drama following the everyday affairs of an unconventional family in a traditional Japanese setting. Gen, a stubborn and strong-willed eldest daughter, does her best to juggle school, unwanted romantic advances, and the expectations of her Christian step-mother - all the while trying to look after her reckless younger brother Hekiro.