Floating Weeds (1959)

YASUJIRO OZU

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

Original title:  Ukigusa

Japan, 1959Daiei Studios.  Screenplay by , Yasujiro Ozu, based on a screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .

This Yasujiro Ozu masterpiece (remade from his own silent film A Story of Floating Weeds) is about a troupe of actors who travel from town to town performing theatrical plays. In the town where they have recently stopped, the leader of the group () goes and stays with the woman he once loved but couldn’t marry because of his work, and their son who is unaware that the man visiting them is his father. Nakamura’s current mistress (), the theatre group’s lead actress, gets wind of his visiting this woman and becomes incredibly jealous, but is kept in the dark and not told the entire story. Filmed in breathtakingly beautiful colour, the film is rich with nuanced emotions and subtle heartbreaks, fully-fleshed characters and a captivating story. You simply don’t want to miss it.

The Criterion Collection:  #232

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