Café Lumiere Reviews

January 19, 2006
Both Hou and Ozu excel in evoking the poetry of everyday life, and, as a tribute from one great filmmaker to another, Cafe Lumiere should richly satisfy devotees of both artists.
December 2, 2005
The film often takes on the hypnotic rhythm of a dream.
June 10, 2005
Hou fans will find what they're looking for; others will wonder when the action starts.
May 31, 2005
Although pegged as an author of contemplative mood pieces, Hou's originality as a filmmaker has much to do with both his handling of historical material and his daringly counterintuitive narrative structures.
May 14, 2005
A fascinating curiosity, a chance to witness one major filmmaker paying tribute to another in the form of a rigorously minor film.
April 25, 2019
There are conscious echoes here of Tokyo Story, yet this is very much Hsiao-Hsien's vision of what it's like to be young and adrift in a contemporary metropolis.
December 4, 2016
Remarkable visual trip through Japan.
November 19, 2013
Some 40 years after Ozu's death, the traditions that govern middle-class Japanese family life - the crux of his films - are even more frayed.
December 30, 2007
Like Ozu's Tokyo Story, the film is mourning the passage of an era and a tradition, and more than a little dismayed at the direction things are heading.
September 21, 2006
Rather than go the trivial route of aping Ozu's style and storytelling, [Hou] uses the techniques he's honed to create his own take on the state of Japan's ever increasing modernity.