• Japan
  • 1930
  • 96 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
  •  

In Yasujiro Ozu’s Walk Cheerfully, which gracefully combines elements of the relationship drama and the gangster story, small-time hood Kenji, a.k.a. Ken the Knife, wants to go straight for good girl Yasue but finds that starting over isn’t as simple as it sounds. This was the Japanese master’s first true homage to American crime movies, and it is a fleetly told, expressively shot work of humor and emotional depth.

Cast

Kenji KoyamaMinoru Takada
Yasue SugimotoHiroko Kawasaki
Yasue’s sisterNobuko Matsuzono
The motherUtako Suzuki
SenkoHisao Yoshitani
GunpeiTeruo Mori
ChiekoSatoko Date
Ono, the company presidentTakeshi Sakamoto

Credits

DirectorYasujiro Ozu
Original story byHiroshi Shimizu
ScreenplayTadao Ikeda
CinematographyHideo Mohara

Film Essays

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Eclipse Series 42: Silent Ozu—Three Crime Dramas

By Michael Koresky April 24, 2015

Atypical in style and subject, Yasujiro Ozu’s early crime dramas show a future master brilliantly experimenting with camera and editing. Read more »

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The Signature Style of Yasujiro Ozu

December 11, 2015

With his singular and unwavering style, Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu disregarded the established rules of cinema and created a visual language all his own. Precise compositions, contemplative . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Silentozu_thumbnail

Eclipse Series 42: Silent Ozu—Three Crime Dramas

By Michael Koresky April 24, 2015

Atypical in style and subject, Yasujiro Ozu’s early crime dramas show a future master brilliantly experimenting with camera and editing. Read more »

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