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Good Morning (Ohayô) Reviews

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½ April 9, 2012
Exquisite comedy from Ozu, effectively portraying the lives of women and children in post-war Japan. The regular themes are here: family strain, the influence of technological advances, budding romance, and the parent/child dynamic. Yet here, the comic touch is in full force, Ozu missing no opportunity for jokes. The camerawork is consistently excellent, beautifully utilizing depth of field and color to create a visually engaging experience that resonates with real life.
March 3, 2012
From the director of the excellent Tokyo Story comes this family drama which is also a witty comedy dealing with the miscommunications that complicate modern life. The movie meanders around a couple of plots - children conniving to get their parents to buy a television, and a suspected case of embezzling. Though the latter is potentially extremely serious, Ozu follows these conflicts and misunderstandings, and detours into his characters' other doings, with a light, unforced, sometimes quizzical amusement and compassion. The fart jokes that sprinkle throughout the movie is also very funny to watch. 'Ohayo' perfectly balances drama and comedy, metaphor and visuals. This is the kind of movie you can see repeatedly, as there are always new things to discover and its a pure delight to watch.
½ January 27, 2012
An enjoyable lighthearted little film. Loved the settings of this film, with its lively small suburb, its style portrayal of Japan late-1950's family life and the charming little childrens. I also loved the camera placement where the camera never moves but each shot is perfectly framed that highlights what the director wants the viewers to see. The "retro" color of the film are nice too.
½ January 12, 2012
Light hearted and funny
January 12, 2012
This is quite an unusual, yet somehow very mundane film with a peculiar line in very gentle Japanese comedy. The cinematography is terrible at times, the pace is fairly slow and a lot of the dialogue is longwinded. However, it did have a peculiar charm on occasions and the general weirdness of the film and 1959 Japan just about held my interest until the happy ending. I also learned not to eat powdered pumice stone!
Super Reviewer
September 25, 2011
Ozu said he wanted to make a film about people's inability to express the important things, but natter on about unimportant gossip. This all comes out thanks to two boys that really want a TV. They enter into a vow of silence until their TV comes. This silence is misconstrued by the neighbours, who think their mother is angry at them. They begin to gossip amongst themslves and rumors soon start. Meanwhile, the young boys' aunt and teacher are attracted, but fail to act on their emotions. This is a lovely little film, filled with some great humor. Though, I must admit, there was a bit too much focus on the poo/farts jokes. The two boys, especially the youngest, are very cute and make their efforts to get a TV seem less brattish. It's really sweet to see how dedicated the parents are, and even though the kids are kind of mean, they do appreciate the gift in the end. There's no escaping Ozu's look at the clashes between old and new, with the TV looming over all procedures as something that will change life. A little gem, if not one of Ozu's classics.
August 19, 2011
Gotta say, I never expected so many fart jokes in an Ozu film.
June 4, 2011
A delightful comedy about the clash between traditional and modern values. The parents of a small community are horrified by the growing popularity of television among their children. They are worried that it will make the Japanese people 'dumb'. Two little boys of one family decide to throw up a fight with their parents. They decide to not say a word till their parents give in and buy them a television set. From this stems some pretty funny misunderstandings and gossip among the women of the community.The acting by the two boys is wonderful and charming especially the younger one. It's simply a joy to watch them. The film is pretty simple and straight-forward in what it has to say. In this little community when someone buys a washing machine it's news! Ozu presents us a world where being in a hurry is an unknown feeling. Everything takes it's time from the growth of relationships to resolving conflicts. In the end; the older generation has to accept the world that is changing around them and moving faster than they are whether they are comfortable with it or not.
½ April 21, 2011
No one does Slice of Life quite like the Japanese. Take everyday events and make them interesting. So what have we got here? The core of the story is two younger boys who want their parents to buy a tv and so take a vow of silence until they get it. Of course, everyone misinterprets the act and attributes it to something more deeply philosophical in nature. There are side plots, too, as is necessary for the whole "slice of life" thing. A retired man finds himself getting drunk out of boredom. A woman gets accused of funding her new washer with the funds of some society. A door-to-door salesman vexes and annoys the neighborhood. It is all relatively normal stuff, but thanks to the endearing execution it is quite captivating. It all links together in a way that shows the complex innerconnectivity of life without feeling like a cop-out.
April 16, 2011
While not as bright and strict as his previous works, this film by Ozu actually serves a new paradigm of social commentary in which the filmmakers put balance between its comedic tone and serious issues, affixing a satire upon it. Unfortunately, this time Ozu fails to succeed with his innovative film technique; the film never gets too deep to be memorable aside from his trademarks.
½ April 4, 2011
Ozu's first color film, and also a reworking of one of his early silent movies is still one of his finest, and it is a shame he didn't live longer to make more color films, as he really knew how to frame and place color on the frame. Like the older, "I was born but", "Good Morning" is shown through mostly the main children's point of view, but the adults too, albeit in childish gossipy ways. The story is simple enough. 2 boys argue with their father about buying a TV. But along with the main story comes branches of B-stories surrounding it, and Ozu does it best here. Nothing to interfere with the main plot so much as to add the surrounding community as part of the world. Something that many movies don't do anymore. Oh, and a lot of farting....
April 1, 2011
Who says arthouse films can't contain a never-ending stream of fart jokes? I'll put even this minor Ozu up against the best efforts from today's "auteurs"
March 13, 2011
Two brothers stop talking to force their parents to buy them a TV and cause unforeseen problems. This was a very funny look at Japanese society, manners and change.
½ January 13, 2011
1959, uma novidade vem abalar um tranqüilo bairro da periferia de Tóquio: um jovem casal comprou uma TV e todos os garotos do bairro vão à sua casa assistir ao torneio nacional de "sumo", ao invés de estudar. Dois destes garotos, os irmãos Isamu e Minoru pedem aos pais que comprem uma TV. Os pais recusam, e em represália os dois fazem uma greve de silêncio. Recusando-se a falar com os pais e com os outros colegas do bairro, os irmãos acabam provocando uma série de situações embaraçosas. Bom Dia é um encantador retrato satírico da vida familiar suburbana japonesa. Dirigido com muita graça e sensibilidade apurada por Yasujiro Ozu, um dos grandes da cinematografia nipônica.
½ January 11, 2011
I don't think this movie gets all the credit it's due. Because the film is a comedy, one about farts and therefore fart jokes, the film is easily dismissed as being poor or unlike or separate from the Ozu cannon. However, I liked it and found it still maintained it's family oriented story lines. Yet it is a comedy, so it does stand slightly to the side of the general melodramatic genre that Ozu follows.

Another point is the color. The first color Ozu film I saw, it felt weird and shocking, almost like seeing color for the first time! I was almost nieve and thought that Ozu's Japan was some sort of "Plesantville" where everything is in black and white. Ozu's world is a black and white one; it was weird seeing these actors in color!

Overall, a good movie that is often overlooked!
January 2, 2011
Another one that's really hard to get into. It just failed to catch my interest.
November 30, 2010
Good Morning (Ohayo) is a light-hearted outing from one of world cinema's master filmmakers. It's a loose remake of his earlier silent film I Was Born But... in that the boys in both films strike against their parents in both, in the first film they do a hunger strike and in this one they take a vow of silence. Although the vow they take is much more important to this film than the hunger strike is to the first. Other than that small superficial similarity, they're both two different movies. This one also satirizes consumerism and the rise of viewing television at home to good effect. Ozu injects a lot of little bits of humor such as the kids farting every time they get poked on their foreheads as well as the scenes where the neighbors are gossiping about their mother. It's a nice film to watch but I Was Born But... has just a little bit more charm and heart making it the superior of the two films but this one is still worth watching. Light-hearted and fun. 8/10
November 30, 2010
From the director of the excellent Tokyo Story comes this family drama which is also a witty comedy dealing with the miscommunications that complicate modern life. The movie meanders around a couple of plots - children conniving to get their parents to buy a television, and a suspected case of embezzling. Though the latter is potentially extremely serious, Ozu follows these conflicts and misunderstandings, and detours into his characters' other doings, with a light, unforced, sometimes quizzical amusement and compassion. The fart jokes that sprinkle throughout the movie is also very funny to watch. 'Ohayo' perfectly balances drama and comedy, metaphor and visuals. This is the kind of movie you can see repeatedly, as there are always new things to discover and its a pure delight to watch.
½ October 28, 2010
An upbeat, charming dramady that brings forward the early effects of americanization in Japan.
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