Good Morning (Ohayô)

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Yasujiro Ozu's Ohayo (Good Morning) is a comedy about a pair of boys who bring much trouble to their family and community by refusing to do very basic activities. The boys desire a television, but their father refuses. They are so insistent that the father eventually commands them to be quiet. They take him quite literally and refuse to speak at all, not even a typical polite morning greeting. Their impoliteness begins to weigh down both the family and the town as it goes against the ordered social structure of Japanese culture. The film is a remake of Ozu's earlier 1932 silent film I Was Born, But...

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Cast

Teruko Nagaoka
as Mrs. Tomizawa
Eiko Miyoshi
as Grandma Haraguchi
Keiji Sada
as Their Teacher
Chishu Ryu
as Keitaro Hayashi
Yoshiko Kuga
as Their Aunt
Haruko Sugimura
as Kikue Haraguchi
Eijirô Tono
as Tomizawa
Haruo Tanaka
as Tatsuko Haraguchi
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  • Jan 17, 2018
    Definitely don't play a drinking game where you have to drink every time someone farts or poops their pants, or you'll be hammered. I know I'm swimming upstream on this one, but it's hard for me to understand why this film is so popular. The plot is tedious. The humor is juvenile. The cinematography is unimaginative. The best part is easily the little boy, whose cuteness, antics, and English "I love you" are worth a star on their own, but that's about it. The film focuses on the relationship between generations, and seems to say that we need to respect our elders (as the absent-minded grandma points out, does her now-adult daughter think she raised herself?), but at the same time, tolerate our youngsters (as there is some serious defiance and misbehavior by a couple of boys who want their parents to buy them a television). It's a nice thought but clumsily delivered, and between the petty gossip between the wives and other banal subplots, there just isn't that much material here. I can't understand why director Yasujiro Ozu fell in love with the simple straight-on, low angle for his default camera position for most of his dialog (in this film and others). I get bored with it, rather than feel as if I'm in the scene on a tatami mat. I loved the silent film of his that some say this one is loosely based on - "I Was Born, But..." (1932). That one had the cute antics, but was also intelligent and better directed by the younger Ozu.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2015
    The only other Ozu film I've seen was released in the same year as this charming comedy- Floating Weeds. I actually found it rather weak and myself unattached to the characters. The experience for Good Morning was the opposite. One of the most soothing film viewings I could ask for. From the start I became completely absorbed in this world of a middle class Japanese suburb. Nothing dramatic happens, no turning points, just the simple life of a handful of families. And I couldn't ask for anything else. Many characters I would often find annoying didn't bother me here, and in fact I liked all of them. The whiny children, the gossipy neighbors, these are usually qualities that make a character a nuisance. In Good Morning I loved all the characters. Especially the grandmother, who was an absolute badass. Despite being an immature comedy with most the humor based off farts- which was rather funny- Ozu creates an important simple statement on communications and understanding. There's nothing to profound in what is being said but it's simply humanist and adds a great charm to this film. The film has a perfect balance between showing the trivial conflicts of the children and of the adults. Despite it being clear that the characters have greater problems in their lives Ozu points the camera at two petty ones. Simple, calming, absorbing, meaningful, and beautiful. A truly great film.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2011
    Two young brothers refuse to talk until their parents buy them a TV while the local gossip talks a bit too much. Gentle drama with amazingly naturalistic and funny performances form the two boys in their matching woolly jumpers. <img src="http://chrisfilm.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/good-morning.jpg">
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2009
    what a hilarious film. unlike any film ozu ever made. although this film does focus on his usual themes of family, multiple generations and the evil that is associated with gossip, the film is different in that it is an all out comedy, and one of the funniest films i have ever seen. the comedy brought in by the gossiping neighbors is classic, but the two main kids really steal the film. the film effectively blends potty humor with intelligent and witty dialogue, and even as an american the japanese humor was effective enough to not be lost due to cultural confusions. great comedy.
    danny d Super Reviewer

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