Directed by Yasujiro Ozu
I rented this movie as soon as I finished The Elegance of a Hedgehog. The main character was so enthralled by the beauty of the film that it made her cry. I, on the other hand, was rather bored and unimpressed. Either I am not as sensitive as she is or I am not as easily impressed as she is. I think it is the former.
Basically, this is the story of Komajuro, who has a son with a former mistress. The son, Kiyoshi, does not know that Komajuro is his father. Komajuro's current mistress becomes jealous and Shakespearean-esque schemes ensue.
Ozu has a very traditional style of story telling that I cannot get into. He is absolutely fascinated with the relationship of different generations. I, however, am not that interested in that theme. In fact, I get along fine with older generations, though I do have to help them with computers a lot.
Additionally, this film is basically just like Tokyo Story, though I enjoyed that a lot more than this film. There was nothing new here, though we did get some pretty shots.
Overall, I wasn't too thrilled and I have seen Ozu do better.
DONE WITH THE FIFTIES!!!
One of Roger Ebert's favorite films. Now I feel ashamed that I did not like it.