Slow paced and you might be tempted to leave it at first, but if you don’t, damn, it gets to a whole new level of dark. Really interesting to witness a family environment that feels so real, but also awkward and unsettling in itself by the way emotions are communicated - or not - making for heartbreaking lies and deception while facing and accepting the loneliness they bring.
Non so cosa sia più bello, se il viso tormentato della giovane Akiko o la magnifica staticità delle scene girate dal Maestro, interrotta solo dai movimenti laterali delle porte scorrevoli giapponesi. Narrazione e maestria cinematografica si muovono in coppia, tra sale da Mahjong e piccoli bar dove si serve il sake caldo, coronando quello che è il primo capolavoro triste della leggenda del cinema nipponico. Magnifico.
There are a few instances in one's life when he stumbles upon something so stirring that he perceives in his own worldview a consummate truth which, up to that single moment of fortuity or even divine providence, has perhaps been there lying dormant just yearning to be revealed in full. Every Ozu film is a door into one's own life.
A terrific and very dark Ozu classic. As always, an intricate script, with complex parallels between the characters and a complete refusal to offer easy answers. There is also a good deal of mystery to this film, which felt new to me with Ozu, reflecting the secrets and lies that remain between the characters even by the end of the film. Powerful stuff!