Revered director Yasujiro Ozu's first talkie, "The Only Son" (1936), offers the affecting story of a self-sacrificing widow who toils in a silk factory and dearly hopes to see her son educated and successful in spite of the grim economic circumstances faced by the Japanese people. Chôko Iida, Shinichi Himori star. Next, "There Was a Father" (1942) in the form of Ozu regular Chishu Ryu, who portrays a widowed parent struggling financially and doing everything possible to raise his son properly. With Shuji Sano, Shin Saburi. 169 min. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: Japanese Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; interviews. In Japanese with English subtitles.