<article> <figure> <img src="http://www.moviesom.com/resources/20150216211140social.jpg" title='The Whole Family Works' alt='The Whole Family Works'/> </figure> <h1>The Whole Family Works</h1> <p>The Whole Family Works, Mikio Naruse's adaptation of a Sunao Tokunaga novel, feels more of a piece with the writer/director's quietly observant and psychologically charged later work. For the Naruse-familiar, it is an anomaly only in its placement within his filmography—indeed, this could be a film made by the elder, stasis-minded Naruse momentarily inhabiting, through a metaphysical twist of fate, his stylistically exuberant younger self. Set in depression-era Japan around the time of the Sino-Japanese War (which the director evokes, during a brief dream sequence, by dissolving between children's war games and actual adult warfare), The Whole Family Works gently observes a family coming apart at the seams. Ishimura (Musei Tokugawa) is the jobless father of nine children.</p> <details><summary>Runtime: 65</summary> <summary>Release date: 1939-03-11</summary></details> </article>