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Shukujo wa nani o wasureta ka (What Did The Lady Forget?) Reviews

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½ December 25, 2013
One of Ozu's funniest comedies--Screwball comedy!!
June 26, 2011
I think it is great! It's funny and smart, and at times it's thoughtful and considerate to its audience at the time. The script contributes much to the result, in which the dialogues play a significant role to drive the characters, and much-less the audience, to build some kind of realistic caricaturization of the society. The clashing behaviors, probably due to the changing times and culture, between the aunt and her niece also represent a seemingly dissonance of the role of women in society. I like particularly, the performance of Michiko Kuwano as the niece. The film is characteristically non-fluid, but the character Setsuko can burn all of the serious faces and turn it into a smooth comedy.
July 23, 2010
Change of pace here for Ozu: lightly satirizing affluent, middle class suburban Japanese life w/ contemporary women and the henpecked husbands or ineffectual men in their lives. Observant of society while often very funny.
See July 23, 2010 at the IFC Center, NYC.
½ July 22, 2010
Ozu's second sound film, though after the heightened sentiment and deep analysis of poverty during the depression seen in "The Only Son", this wisp of a comedy (71 minutes) feels slight.

In a Tokyo suburb, a professor routinely submits to his commanding wife, a domestic situation that has left the man hunched and humbled. But when a young teenage niece comes to visit, with ideas about smoking and drinking and aggression, the meek medical professor begins to feel empowerment coming on.

The fractious relationship between the forward thinking niece and the traditional aunt is the kind of generational gap that Ozu loves to play up, especially in his more famous melodramas of the 50's, but though this one is just a nominal comedy of the sexes, it's planting seeds for later greatness. And as always, the mise-en-scene is perfection.
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