Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5
Original title: Shukujo To Hige
Japan, 1931. Shôchiku Eiga. Book and adaptation by Komatsu Kitamura, gagman Yasujiro Ozu. Cinematography by Minoru Kuribayashi, Hideo Shigehara. Production Design by Yoneichi Wakita. Film Editing by Minoru Kuribayashi, Hideo Shigehara.
The great Yasujiro Ozu made this silent film early in his career. It’s a delightful comedy about a man who keeps his bushy beard long in an effort to stick with traditional Japanese ways, only to see that it might have to go when he falls in love with a more modern and progressive thinking office worker. In adapting to a newer look, he also manages to get two other women in love with him, creating an uncomfortable foursome that threatens to leave him lonely forever. Ozu’s majestic camera work combines with his sharp sense of human relationships to make an interesting and fun film, though his best was still yet to come.