My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Record Of A Tenement Gentleman (Nagaya Shinsiroku)


(out of 5)

Another Ozu classic, about a little boy who is accidentally abandoned by his father after they go to Tokyo to look for work. A man finds the boy and brings him home to his apartment complex, only to find that no one wants to take the child in. A grumpy old woman (a marveous ) reluctantly takes the boy, but even she tries to lose him as quickly as she’s found him. Eventually he works his way into her heart and soon she finds her parting with him to be too painful.  The film’s relationship develops ever so subtly, with no obvious cliches or predictable outbursts of emotion, only the sweet sense of love growing in the air. It’s a marvelous experience.

Shôchiku Eiga

Japan, 1947

Directed by

Screenplay by , Yasujiro Ozu

Cinematography by

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