Good Morning / I Was Born But... details
|Formats:||U DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Tatsuo Saito, Keiji Sada, Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Yoshiko Kuga|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
Good Morning / I Was Born But...
|Run time:||3 hours|
|Rental release:||17 Jan 2011|
Most helpful review
LATE OZUBy BandofOutsiders (6 reviews) from Caerphilly , 08 May 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]GOOD MORNING is a medium-level Ozu film: filled with somber prettiness in its imagery and voluptuous colour in both it's vision and it's characterisation, but is without much of the Noriko trilogy's admirable restraint and emotional power. Ozu, one of the 20th century's foremost cinematic artists, who's astonishingly direct style and use of framing is among some of the finest there's been (see: Chaplin or Ford), is particularly adept at addressing the moral issues of Japan's post-war westernisation and some of the complexities of families and inter-generational problems that is a wider referral to the world at large. His finest films (EARLY SUMMER, TOKYO STORY, FLOATING WEEDS, LATE SPRING) are all culminations of both his style, his innovative qualities and his human facets, rather than GOOD MORNING's surprising preference for mystery and community-based turmoil, which can be fun but doesn't serve any kind of rewarding self-betterment.
NOTE: The BLURAY disc does not contain I WAS BORN BUT..., a silent Ozu that is promised in the description.
Good Morning OzuBy Davis142 (1 review) , 29 May 2013I have to confess that this is one of my favourite Ozu films. A gentle and whimsical film that is often concerned with tjoys of breaking wind, Ozu has kept a very tight rein on his location and draws a simple but delightful view of post war Japan. Overall I think so much of his themes are universal - and that youth vs age theme is brilliantly unravelled. Sumptuous!
Its a Simple life.By a customer , 26 Feb 2013A simple story line which is unraveled by characters which themselves are developed as the story line progresses. At times you feel its a form of gentle Japanese 'big brother' in what appears to be an idyllic setting (which certainly made me feel a hankering for a simpler life) Although the chain of events is started by the two young boys (the little one will make you laugh for sure!) the main interest is how this develops. The side story of the boys 'finger pointing' game was amusing (well for all but one!) I can only assume it was used to give a greater contrast to the 'mundane' day to day lives of the adults. I enjoyed the film and have refrained from delving too deep into the meaning of the story just accepting it as a window into Japanese days gone by.
Fugal filmBy Kobilisy (47 reviews) from huddersfield. England , 12 Feb 2012I always struggle to watch an Ozu film, struggle with myself as I know in my wisdom that film should attempt so much more: Virtuoso camera work and direction, scripts by great writers and so on. Then I give way, am inthralled and moved. Don't be fooled like me, every small gesture is loaded with profound meaning and understanding of the nature of film.
'I was born, but..' is a delight but also a lesson in how to tell a story with economy and resonance. Silent film in this case for me meant silent. I gather that originally this would have been shown with a sort of Kabuki narration.
'Good Morning' is a subtle fugue on that earlier film, moving but also laugh out loud funny. He makes a requiem for Japanese culture but wistfully and with fart jokes,
I assume that the Tati references in the music is intended, 'Mon Oncle' being another voice in the fugue
Good Morning - It Certainly Is!By clare2904 (10 reviews) from Preston , 19 Jan 2012Firstly, I wish I knew that the 2nd film, I Was Born But... was NOT included with the Blu ray. Had I known I would have requested the DVD.
Good Morning was a very nice way to spend an afternoon. A nice but simple film following the lives of Japanese families that live in close quarters.
Cheeky children who want a tv
Noisy, gossiping housewives
And a couple in love who need a little push
Two versions of the same storyBy itstinks (703 reviews) from North of Reading , 16 May 2011A family moves into a new neighbourhood, how will the local boys react to the 2 brothers.
A fairly small scale view of suburban life all pleasnatly filmed and told.