Good Morning (Ozu, 1959)

Good Morning (Yasujiro Ozu, 1959)

This is the lightest film I’ve seen from Ozu. More of a comedy than anything, Ozu examines a short time in the lives of several people living in a close housing area. The film focuses on both adults and children, and how they interact. Ozu uses a lot of communication mix-ups to bring the comedy to the forefront while also illustrating how silly we can be when we make assumptions based off of little information. (Well, he also uses a lot of fart jokes, but I’ll give Ozu a pass and call this ‘revolutionary’ for 1959.) No one is perfect in this film. There is a lot of bad parenting, neighborly quarrels, and gossip. And all of these issues are very relatable, as Ozu really just presents us with situations we’re probably all very familiar with. So while this is by no means the most emotionally involving Ozu I’ve seen, it might be the funnest, and it is definitely good.  7.75/10

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2 Responses to “Good Morning (Ozu, 1959)”

  1. Japanese cinema — along with Swedish cinema — the two monstrous holes in my film knowledge. I have seen The Woman in the Dunes and about 4 Kurosawa films (and maybe one of two others by various directors)… Ozu’s films have been sitting on my netflix queue for more than a year!

    On a seperate note, have you seen Ruiz’s The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting? If so, I’m dieing to know what you think of that fascinating experimental film (I wrote a review…. of sorts).

    • chrisfilm Says:

      I don’t know much about Japanese cinema either actually. Ozu is really good, though. I do know that. 😉

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