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[The film] may be slow-moving by Hollywood standards, but Record of a Tenement Gentleman rewards patience with rich sentiment that's never mawkish.
This is Ozu in optimistic mood, which is not to say that loss and resignation don't figure in large part (no film-maker ever had a surer grasp of the melancholy of everyday things), just that here the generosity of spirit seems irresistible.
Curtain after curtain is lifted as this formidable film exposes a Japan unknown to most.
A warm comedy of life in postwar Japan, warm in the way only Yasujiro Ozu's cold and formal style can be.
Gently moving account of a lost little boy and the people he meets shows Ozu's visual creativity.
Cleverly using camera angles to create a sense of place and parallel motifs to unify the action, Ozu reveals his directorial genius, which is confirmed by his light handling of his splendid ensemble cast.
Thanks to Ozu's sympathetic direction, his deep understanding of human behavior, and the surprising amount of comedy, it's both moving and very funny.
A simple warmhearted comedy tale about the human condition.
What could have been a trite, mawkish tale in lesser hands is moulded into a typically moving human drama by the great Yasujiro Ozu.
In Record of a Tenement Gentleman, Ozu yet again presents a deceptively simple story in the manner typical of the most powerful of his films.
Illustrates the artistry and humanity of the late director, with its restrained performances, unhurried pacing, and deceptive simplicity.
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