Watanabe and Yamamoto are college friends who both fancy a girl called Chieko. One of them announces that there is a room for rent in his living quarters in the hopes of attracting her. The other has afternoon tea with her, but embarrasses himself as he tries to hide the wet paint on his hands. After their year end exam, the boys go to a skiing resort with other classmates and there they run into Chieko. However, it turns out that she’s there for a matchmaking meeting with their ski club leader Hatamoto. On their way back to Tokyo, they discover they have flunked. —Ozu-san.com
Yasujiro Ozu was born in the old Fukagawa district of Tokyo, to a fertilizer merchant, in 1903. In 1923, after a couple of years as an assistant teacher in rural Japan, Ozu was hired as assistant cameraman at the Shochiku Motion Picture Company. Early in his career, Ozu began to experiment with an idiosyncratic film style that ran contrary to the conventions of Japanese or Hollywood cinema of the day. He strove to reduce and simplify his film style; he cast such mainstays as the fade, the dissolve, and the pan from his cinematic palette. He shot solely from a low camera angle, using a 50mm lens, and he subordinated spatial continuity to visual aesthetics. Ozu directed his first film in 1927,The Sword of Penitence. In 1932, he began to hit his creative stride with the touching comedy I Was Born, But…, which was his first commercial success. During World War II, he made few films such as There Was a Father.
After the war, Ozu reached his creative peak and made some of his finest… read more
This simple slapstick comedy is especially significant as it is the earliest surviving work by one of the greatest filmmakers who ever lived. Two friends, one who bears a strong resemblance to Harold Lloyd, study for exams and raise money for a skiing trip. On the slopes they meet up with their other student friends and the girl they both desire, not realising she is there for a meeting with their ski club leader....