Floating Weeds (Ukigusa) (1959)

Floating Weeds (Ukigusa)


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Critic Consensus: Floating Weeds boasts the visual beauty and deep tenderness of director Yasujiro Ozu's most memorable films -- and it's one of the few the master shot in color.

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This 1959 Ozu production centers on the likable but fallible leader of an itinerant acting troupe ("floating weeds" being the Japanese name for such groups), Kimajuro, played brilliantly by Ganjiro Nakamura. The film opens on a lazy, stagnant river as the troupe lays spread about on a boat deck drifting downstream. It's obvious that they're a ragged bunch as they sit fanning themselves and smoking on deck. The boat pulls into a quiet fishing village where the troupe proceeds to canvass the town, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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On DVD: Mar 23, 2010
Criterion Collection



as Kichinosuke

as Kiyoshi Homma

as Sumiko

as Komajuro Arashi

as Theatre Owner
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Critic Reviews for Floating Weeds (Ukigusa)

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

The sheer beauty of Ozu's exquisite (and typically eccentric) compositions and the expressive use of sound tell all you need know about the characters, their emotions and relationships.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Ozu is, however, very special in his technique, which by the end of his career, had become very modest, lucid and lovely.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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His spare, slow-moving films are not for all tastes, but once the rhythms are accepted, Ozu's work offers a unique emotional experience.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Sooner or later, everyone who loves movies comes to Ozu. He is the quietest and gentlest of directors, the most humanistic, the most serene. But the emotions that flow through his films are strong and deep.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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...there isn't a detail in Floating Weeds that isn't meant to be carefully seen.

Full Review… | July 10, 2014

This is a vibrant movie, one of his few in colour, and touches on universal themes through the story of a middle-aged actor and his young mistress coming with a second-rate kabuki company to a small coastal town.

Full Review… | July 28, 2008
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Floating Weeds (Ukigusa)

a rare remake of a film directed by the same auter of the original, ozu retells his silent 1934 classic with the use of sound, dialogue, and color cinematography. suprisingly the only reason this film is even slightly better than the original is ozu's ability to flesh out the story more with 30 extra minutes and talking actors, but the original silent is so amazing that both films should be seen as top notch films. this version is more light hearted than the original but still dark in its own ways, and the telling of this father/son story is beautiful and effective. a truly wonderful film.

danny d

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Maybe I just don't like Japanese films, but this is overrated to the hilt. The story is average and the cinematography isn't as cathartic as most would delude themselves into thinking. It was long and boring but it wasn't just that I disliked - it was Ozu's assuming of self-importance that from the start turned me off the film.

Jennifer Xu

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I love the way this movie is shot. Simple story told beautifully. The kid in this film gives the best performance.

Tim Sigur

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