Passing Fancy (1933)

Passing Fancy


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The first of many films featuring the endearing single-dad Kihachi, Passing Fancy is a humorous and heartfelt study of a close, if fraught, father-son relationship.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Tadao Ikeda
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On DVD: Apr 22, 2008
Criterion Collection



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Critic Reviews for Passing Fancy

All Critics (4)

A kind of odd departure for Ozu.

Full Review… | July 16, 2010
Combustible Celluloid

A pleasing melodramatic silent directed by the great Yasujiro Ozu.

Full Review… | July 15, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

... utterly contemporary to the times, a stylized snapshot of working class life in 1933 Japan, and Ozu's details of their subsistence existence... creates a rich atmosphere.

Full Review… | May 7, 2008
Turner Classic Movies Online

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews for Passing Fancy

another completely charming comedy/drama character study of japanese family life, this one concerning a single father and his son. the film is anchored by a marvelous performance by takeshi sakamoto who went on to star in a series of ozu's films. his character is a bit of a layabout and a drunkard whose young son is often frustrated with him. the boy is one of the brat brothers from i was born, but... one remarkable thing about ozu's silents is how few intertitle cards are required to tell the story. also the vince guaraldi style piano scores to these films are delightful. i'm sure they were added by criterion

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Yasujiro Ozu, "Passing Fancy" is a winning and charming movie about friendship, family and loyalty. Kihachi(Takeshi Sakamato) is a single father of Tomio(Tomio Aoki) and has pretty much given up on romance. That changes with a chance meeting with Harue(Nobuko Fushimi) who just lost her job and is without a place to sleep for the night. Kihachi arranges lodging for her which leads to employment at the local inn. He becomes smitten with her even though he is quite a bit older. However, she only has eyes for Jiro(Den Obinata), Kihachi's best friend and coworker at a brewery, putting their friendship in jeopardy.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

This is possibly my least favorite of the 13 Ozu films I've seen, but that doesn't mean I didn't like it. Passing Fancy sensitively explores unconventional father-son relationships, the difficulties of aging and, most importantly, the harsh realities of class struggles. Ozu's keen eye for human behavior is revealed in deceptively simple moments of brutal honesty: "I'm a useless as a dad, but please don't hate me."

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