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 Morning
This is very light Ozu, in which the biggest conflict is between two children and there parents over whether or not they should have a television. Lots of fart jokes, a bit overdone in that area, if I must say. I watched this film a bit out of order, I was going in chronological order, but I had only a certain amount of time to slip a film in, and so I skipped about 6 movies on my list, and it definitely is stylisticly different than from the last films I watched…late Spring, Record of a Tenement Gentleman, and there was a father. There are no moving shots at all, and there are very few of Ozu’s non-story compositions. I’m used to being treated to shots of mountains and power lines, but this time nearly every shot has something to do with the narative.
Like I said, though this is very light Ozu, about a battle between two boys and their parents over whether or not they should have a tv set, and the boys win. These kids are really pretty bad, and they don’t even get in trouble for running away or stealing food and pots from a neighbor. The kids were really brats and get no comeupance at all, nor are they portrayed as the victorious villains that they are, in fact they are just given the awe-shucks treatment and that I could not take. One of my least favorite from Ozu.