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Silent Ozu - Three Family Comedies [3 Discs] [Criterion Collection] [DVD]

Release Date:04/22/2008
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    Passing Fancy
    I Was Born, But...
    One of the last great Japanese silent films and one of director Yasujiro Ozu's first masterpieces, this gentle family comedy contrasts the complexities of adulthood with a child's innocence. Two young brothers, who are the unquestioned alpha-males of fellow classmates in their suburban Tokyo neighborhood, are outraged by their father's clownish and subservient behavior at his office. As the film progresses, the children come to accept that their father is not a great man, as they imagined, and in the process, they lose some of their innocence. Ozu reworked this film for his 1959 opus Ohayo. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

    Tokyo No Gassho
    Tokyo Chorus is a dark comedy about unemployment and family in prewar Japan. The film opens with a group of young men at their school graduation. After saying goodbye to their teacher, they are off into the working world. The story follows a single man and his difficulties at his job. He cannot avoid annoying his boss, a tempestuous man, and he's summarily fired. The remainder of the movie concerns his descent into unemployment and the pressure it puts on his family. In a wonderful scene, his wife discovers that he's sold her kimonos to buy food. She approaches him crying while he's playing with their children and the children draw her into their game which dries her tears. After a series of adventures, he finds another job and calm is restored to the family and their lives. Tokyo Chorus is famous for being the first film where Ozu consistently utilized a low-angle camera. ~ Brian Whitener, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

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      Choko Iida - Otome
    • Chishu Ryu
      Chishu Ryu - Man on boat
    • Takeshi Sakamoto
      Takeshi Sakamoto - Kihachi

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