• Japan
  • 1933
  • 101 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
  •  

The first of many films featuring the endearing single-dad Kihachi (played wonderfully by Takeshi Sakamoto), Passing Fancy is a humorous and heartfelt study of a close, if fraught, father-son relationship. With an ever more sophisticated visual style and understanding of fragile human relationships, Ozu seamlessly weaves rib-tickling comedy and weighty family drama for this distinguished precursor to a brilliant career.

Credits

DirectorYasujiro Ozu
ScreenplayTadao Ikeda
CinematographyHideo Shigehara
EditingKazuo Ishikawa

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