My first foray into Ozu territory. The themes he explores are themes and stories he tells interest me greatly. I felt the beginning was a bit too long. Maybe I'll find meaning watching them again. But overall, it was an interesting and great experience. Experimental and modern in his own way in spite of dealing with themes of tradition and familial expectations. I hope to see more of him soon.
A brutally honest movie with scenes of dialogue unlike anything I've seen before! My first Ozu experience was definitely a magical one. The storytelling was very well paced and the characters were riveting. The scene where the father discusses the nature of happiness and marriage with his daughter is one of the best scenes I've ever witnessed. I'm definitely going to have to watch more Ozu! I just adored this film.
I think it says a lot about the film where it seems like nothing has happened really yet so much has and you have to think about it for days and days and realize how much of a masterpiece this film is.
Though it lacks the poetic fluidity you would see in Floating Weeds and Tokyo Story, its still a story filed with consequential melancholy and regret. Its deeply sad but not at all a hallmark card. Much like Tokyo Story, there's certain images detailing marriage and youth I will never get out of my head. The entire movie plays beautifully, I just wish it advanced further from talking in some scenes.