Nagaya shinshiroku (Record of a Tenement Gentleman) (1947)
Critic Reviews for Nagaya shinshiroku (Record of a Tenement Gentleman)
[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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Nagaya shinshiroku (Record of a Tenement Gentleman)
Very touching, very genuine, and funny as well. Chuoko Iida has a great face and gives a winning performance as a cranky widow who reluctantly has motherhood thrust upon her. Except for a brief heavy-handed speech at the end (a call for people to be more kind-hearted with each other) and a child actor who doesn't cry very convincingly, I really enjoyed it.
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