One of Ozu’s most piercing portraits of family strife, Tokyo Twilight follows the parallel paths of two sisters contending with an absent mother, unwanted pregnancy, and marital discord. —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
Honesty and other family values between parents and children lose visibility as day becomes night in the interiors of a Tokyo household. Secrets are kept on hold - spoken in heartbeats rather than words. Unwanted responsibilities impregnates this drama which I thought could be less low-key but comes in full favor of Setsuko Hara and Ineko Arima who suit their roles in the first film by Ozu that I've actually liked.
TOKYO TWILIGHT is not one of Ozu’s better known films. It was one of the few flops in the 50s and Ozu himself seemed to have felt the film was a failure. This film is more naturalistic and tough than… read review