Ozu - Vol. 1 details
|Starring:||Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara, Chieko Higashiyama|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|PG Disc 1|
|PG Disc 2|
|PG Disc 3|
|Run time:||6 hours 10 minutes|
|Rental release:||06 Dec 2004|
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Poignant story of a father and daughter.By Jennifer Carruthers from Gloucestershire, England , 16 Feb 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Yasujiro Ozu was fascinated by the effect of change in the lives of ordinary people. The Noriko trilogy is films devoted to this subject, comprising Late Spring (1949), Early Summer (1951) and Tokyo Story (1953). Tokyo Story is the best known. However Late Spring (1972) is arguably an even more moving piece; the emotionally charged story of a Father (Chishu Ryu) and Daughter (Setsuko Hara) coming to terms with a future apart. Its greatness is held in the simplicity of this study of family life, retaining relevance even today.
The film never slips into sentimentality, remaining firmly in Ozu?s characteristic ?sympathetic sadness?. The performances are understated but magnificent, especially Hara as the daughter torn between her comfortable home life and the expectations of the world around her. The scene at the Noh theatre where she first sees her fathers intended wife is a masterpiece in itself.
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Japanese classic 1950's genre filmBy andrew steele from chester,england , 28 Feb 2008Another 'close' look at Tokyo post war suburbia with quaint music,scenary and dialogue.
This is one in a set of OZU directed movies (Tokyo Story etc) that are subtle and pleasant like a slow moving stream but not that eventful.
A gemBy a customer from Crawley , 14 Jan 2008A slow and gentle movie that draws you in. A fascinating portrayal of family traditions in Japan with a humanity that reaches beyond its culture and period and touches our contemporary lives with familiar resonances. Some unforgettable images such as the elderly couple packing and unpacking. Some themes strongly portrayed and others delightfully understated. This film exceeded my expectations. Expect the emotion to reach out to you. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Long and depressingBy a customer from Hackney , 06 Nov 2007I know this is a classic and everything but I can't say that I especially enjoyed the experience of watching it. Long and slow and ultimately depressing this is a study of how families fall apart, not through evil or anything dramatic but simply because of common selfishness and the cares of the world. Nothing much happens but it is filled with lines such as 'Human life is short and hollow' and, although it was touching and emotional, I have to say that I was glad when it finished.
SublimeBy Savage (632 reviews) from London, England , 25 Jul 2007A fair contender for the greatest film ever made, Ozu's moving meditation on families and the generational differences demands patience from an audience, but distills all of his art into two beautiful, heartfelt hours. His low, still camera, careful use of music, and absolutely naturalistic acting (including from Chishu Ryu, playing twenty years older than he really was) create a perfect world, a prism through which we can see and understand the relationships between the characters. There's no real plot here - even when 'something happens' in the final third - but rather just a simple investigation on what makes human beings the way we are. As such, it is just about perfect.
A cinematic classicBy a customer from Ilford, Essex , 24 Jul 2007I'd been meaning to see this legendary movie for decades. It wasn't a disappointment. Its qualities were mystical. The pace was beautifully controlled and perfectly represented the frailties of the parents making the trip to see their children in Tokyo and coming to terms with post war cultural changes thrust upon their world.
What was most revealing was the representation of the (presumed) change in family values.
Certainly the film suggests that tradition was going to change slowly in rural Japan but that big city life was very quickly absorbing western influences.