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Good Morning

Yasujiro Ozu

 
Good Morning (Criterion Blu-Ray)

16 May 2017

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Japan
  • 1959
  • 93 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #84

A lighthearted take on director Yasujiro Ozu’s perennial theme of the challenges of inter­generational relationships, Good Morning tells the story of two young boys who stop speaking in protest after their parents refuse to buy a television set. Ozu weaves a wealth of subtle gags through a family portrait as rich as those of his dramatic films, mocking the foibles of the adult world through the eyes of his child protagonists. Shot in stunning color and set in a suburb of Tokyo where housewives gossip about the neighbors’ new washing machine and unemployed husbands look for work as door-to-door salesmen, this charming comedy refashions Ozu’s own silent classic I Was Born, But . . . to gently satirize consumerism in postwar Japan.

Cast

IsamuMasahiko Shimazu
MinoruKoji Shidara
Tamiko HayashKuniko Miyake
Setsuko AritaYoshiko Kuga
Keitaro HayashiChishu Ryu
Kikue HaraguchiHaruko Sugimura

Credits

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • I Was Born, But . . ., Yasujiro Ozu’s 1932 silent comedy, with a 2008 score by Donald Sosin
  • New interview with film scholar David Bordwell
  • New video essay on Ozu’s use of humor by critic David Cairns
  • Fragment of A Straightforward Boy, a 1929 silent film by Ozu
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum

    New cover by Tatsuro Kiuchi

Film Essays

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Good Morning: Structures and Strictures in Suburbia

By Jonathan Rosenbaum May 15, 2017

Yasujiro Ozu’s ode to childhood interweaves observations of human behavior with the simple surfaces of quotidian life in Tokyo. Read more »


Film Essays

Good Morning

By Rick Prelinger August 28, 2000

Good Morning is the wildcard in Yasujiro Ozu’s career, the film that looks least like all his others, and one of the few where he sees the world through childrens’ eyes rather than those of an . . . Read more »

Video

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Ozu and the Delicate Art of the Fart Gag

May 22, 2017

A portrait of childhood, domestic life, and consumerism in postwar suburban Tokyo, Yasujiro Ozu’s Good Morning is one of the Japanese master’s most charming and subtly incisive comedies. Made in . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Current_624id_137_thumbnail

Good Morning: Structures and Strictures in Suburbia

By Jonathan Rosenbaum May 15, 2017

Yasujiro Ozu’s ode to childhood interweaves observations of human behavior with the simple surfaces of quotidian life in Tokyo. Read more »


Clippings

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Did You See This?

May 12, 2017

The seventieth Cannes Film Festival opens next Wednesday, and among the stars who will be in attendance are Jessica Chastain, who will serve on the jury, and Isabelle Huppert, who will make her . . . Read more »


On Five

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On the Channel: Happy Black Friday

By Michael Sragow November 25, 2016

Just in time for Black Friday, two cinematic masters playfully pillory consumerism for our weekly double feature: Yasujiro Ozu’s Good Morning (1959) and Jacques Tati's Mon oncle (1958). But . . . Read more »


News

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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 »


Photo Galleries

Ozu’s Cinephilia

By :: kogonada June 04, 2014


Film Essays

Good Morning

By Rick Prelinger August 28, 2000

Good Morning is the wildcard in Yasujiro Ozu’s career, the film that looks least like all his others, and one of the few where he sees the world through childrens’ eyes rather than those of an . . . Read more »

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Good Morning (Criterion DVD)

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