A Story of Floating Weeds (Ukikusa monogatari) (1934)
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Critic Reviews for A Story of Floating Weeds (Ukikusa monogatari)
It's basically a soap-opera story that Ozu enriches with great camera work and characterizations, making it more special than it should have been.
A rare remake: One that surpasses the already fine original.
The silent version is a tad more fun than the gorgeous color version.
Audience Reviews for A Story of Floating Weeds (Ukikusa monogatari)
The above rating is for "A Story of Floating Weeds"(1934), Not for the remake, "Floating Weeds."(1959) [font=Century Gothic][color=darkgreen]"A Story of Floating Weeds" is a silent movie from Japan directed by Yasujiro Ozu. It is a superb film that centers on a traveling theatrical troupe that returns to a small village after an absence of a few years. The lead actor has a secret from his fellow actors - he fathered a son some years before...what follows is a powerful, yet subtly emotional film about the paths we choose in life.[/color][/font]
ive always believed that striking images and effective facial expressions from actors was far more important in silent films than the story, but ozu brings us this silent classic where he uses effective performers, creates some of the most beutiful images ive ever seen in any film silent or not, and tells a near perfect story to bring the best of all worlds together so that we get one of the best silent pictures ever made. nearly as good as ozu's remake 25 years later, this story is authentic but passionate and convicting. easily one of the darkest films of ozu's career, the film is also beautiful to consider despite the folly and depravity of some of its characters. a must see.
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