Floating Weeds (Ukigusa) Reviews
Ozu's simple camerawork and Kazuo Miyagawa(director of photography "Ugetsu" and "Rashomon")'s choosing color had been showed us beyond the movies.
(1959) Floating Weeds
(In Japanese with English subtitles)
Directed by Yasujirô Ozu and labelled as a remake of the 1934 silent version called "A Story Of Floating Weeds" with a whole new cast with Ganjirô Nakamura as Komajuro leading a small theatre group entertaining villagers from village to village. For the the leader intentions for this particular visit to this particular village was to see his one of old flames who also happens to be the only one who carries his well groomed son but poses as his uncle. Komajuro's current mistress, the one who he's currently travelling with becomes rather jealous about this since as the film progresses spends a great portion of time with his son rather than spending any time with her motivating her to ask the young female teenage troupe to sabotage this father/ son.
Colorful making the most of it's surrounding areas, I have to say that the original one is slightly better in the storytelling department since the young boy travelling with the troupe is an absolute standout in the original is almost absent in this film focusing more instead on the effect the lead character has on his biological son as well as others.
3 out of 4 stars
FORTY YEARS TOO SOON!