Ozu’s Technicolor reworking of his silent I Was Born, But . . . , Good Morning 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.
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One of my favorite Ozu films that showcases his modest humor and penchant for lovely, intricate images. Good Morning confronts the formalities of 1950s Japanese society, while remaining sympathetic to its beauty.
A deft comedy of manners broken if not by generational conflict or gossiping then by flatulence! Somewhat reminiscent of Mon Oncle this has Ozu’s customary distilled essence and ‘in the frame’ compositions applied to a much lighter milieu of domestic tribulations. The encroaching western consumerism soon to be so well embraced is slyly referenced throughout as the thing that will break the manners more significantly.
When I was fifteen and seeing OHAYÔ (my first Ozu) for the first time, my effusive praise may have understandably meant very little to you, but twenty-seven years, a Master's degree in Film Studies, and the careful consideration of thousands and thousands of films later, I am still here to say that my favourite Ozu is probably still the one w/ all the fart jokes. Take that how you will.
my first ozu is the coziest film i've ever seen.
in the argument between the leader of the women's group and her mother, we can see a nice personification of a clash between tv and cinema.
way more than a reflection on post-modernity, this film is a complete study of human relations.
Damn, I loooved this film. It was so kind and heartfelt with great little vignettes throughout the whole thing. The statement it makes about Japan succumbing to westernized cultures is brilliantly handled within the style. 5/5
Minor movie of the Japanese master, GOOD MORNING plays with antagonisms. Ancestral vs post-WWII Japan, rebellious kids who shout and defy their parents vs adults who don't know anymore how to use words to communicate. Ozu discreetly invites us to explore these themes by showing us, on the TV screen, sumo wrestlers preparing for fight. Recommended.