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Floating Weeds

Yasujiro Ozu

 
Floating Weeds (Essential Art House DVD)

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  • Japan
  • 1959
  • 119 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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In 1959, Yasujiro Ozu remade his 1934 silent classic A Story of Floating Weeds in color with the celebrated cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu). Setting his later version in a seaside location, Ozu otherwise preserves the details of his elegantly simple plot wherein an aging actor returns to a small town with his troupe and reunites with his former lover and illegitimate son, a scenario that enrages his current mistress and results in heartbreak for all. Together, the films offer a unique glimpse into the evolution of one of cinema’s greatest directors. A Story of Floating Weeds reveals Ozu in the midst of developing his mode of expression; Floating Weeds reveals his distinct style at its pinnacle. In each, the director captures the joy and sadness in everyday life.

Credits

DirectorYasujiro Ozu
Script by (based on the 1934 Ikeda script)Yasujiro Ozu and Kogo Noda
CinematographyKazuo Miyagawa
Art direction byTomoo Shimogawara
Lighting bySachio Ito
Music byKojun Saito

Film Essays

Stories of Floating Weeds

By Donald Richie April 19, 2004

“Floating weeds, drifting down the leisurely river of our lives,” has long been a favored metaphor in Japanese prose and poetry. This plant, the ukigusa (duckweed in English), floating . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Floating Weeds

By David Ehrenstein August 24, 1989

Subtle, lyrical, and delicately bittersweet, Floating Weeds offers an excellent introduction to the cinema of Yasujiro Ozu—one of the greatest of all Japanese filmmakers, and until recently in . . . Read more »

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Ozu Season

January 05, 2010

The holidays are finally over, but a different winter celebration is just beginning in London. This week, BFI Southbank is beginning its Yasujiro Ozu “season,” made up of two parallel sections: . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Stories of Floating Weeds

By Donald Richie April 19, 2004

“Floating weeds, drifting down the leisurely river of our lives,” has long been a favored metaphor in Japanese prose and poetry. This plant, the ukigusa (duckweed in English), floating . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Floating Weeds

By David Ehrenstein August 24, 1989

Subtle, lyrical, and delicately bittersweet, Floating Weeds offers an excellent introduction to the cinema of Yasujiro Ozu—one of the greatest of all Japanese filmmakers, and until recently in . . . Read more »