A story of floating weeds

A story of floating weeds

Ukigusa monogatari

DVD - 2004 | Japanese
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In 1959, Yasujiro Ozu remade his 1934 silent film: A Story of Floating Weeds in color and sound with the cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu). Setting his later version in a seaside location, Ozu otherwise preserves the details of his elegantly simple plot wherein an aging actor returns to a small town with his troupe and reunities with his former lover and illegitimate son, a scenario that enrages his current mistress and results in heartbreak for all. A Story of Floating Weeds reveals Ozu in the midst of developing his mode of expression; Floating weeds reveals his distinct style at its pinnacle. In each, the director captures the joy and sadness in everyday life.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2004
ISBN: 9780780027053
0780027051
Branch Call Number: STO
Characteristics: 2 DVDs (86 min.; 119 min.)

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Dec 08, 2010

Roger Ebert does a rare commentary for this Ozu masterpiece. I learned a lot about film and the artistry of Yasujiro Ozu.

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