Ozu’s hilarious Technicolor reworking of his silent I Was Born, But . . . , Good Morning (Ohayô) is the story of two young boys in suburban Tokyo who take a vow of silence after their parents refuse to buy them a television set. Shot from the perspective of the petulant brothers, Good Morning is an enchantingly satirical portrait of family life that gives rise to gags about romance, gossip, and the consumerism of modern Japan. —The Criterion Collection
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 supposed "minor" film from Ozu is oft-labelled a deviation. Perhaps. But if such, the notion of it being a harsh comment upon consumerism is a misnomer. Ozu himself was a mischievous child, mad at hypocritical, sexually dead adults and enamored by the world's newest and grandest means of cultural propaganda. A personal masterwork from cinema's least personal master? Or maybe just an alcohol fart in his career...
The children discover the adult’s hideous common ways & rebel against them in a tantrum, which Ozu gracefully rotates along with sweet and nimble comedy. A Japanese carousel, sparkling the sincere… read review
My introduction to Ozu Yasujiro movies was Tokyo Story which I really liked. Ohayo is my second movie and I it has made me want to see more from this director. In Ohayo you get to peek, once again… read review
spoilers-many of my ‘reviews’ are reviews of what happens, rather than an indepth analysis. Some of these, I wrote for my own use, so that I can remember which Ozu film was which.
(1959) Good… read review