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Sunday, September 20, 2019 - 7:30 PM

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FLOATING WEEDS

by Yasujirō Ozu
 

kanalFloating Weeds (浮草, Ukikusa) is a 1959 Japanese drama film directed by Yasujirō Ozu, starring Ganjirō Nakamura and Machiko Kyō. It is a remake of Ozu's own black-and-white silent film A Story of Floating Weeds (1934). This, one of Ozu's last films, has all the elements of a Shakespearean tragedy played out among people living simple, workaday lives: deceit, jealousy, betrayal, vengeance, love, hope. It's all there.

A troupe of travelling players arrive at a small seaport in the south of Japan. Komajuro Arashi, the aging master of the troupe, goes to visit his old flame Oyoshi and their son Kiyoshi, even though Kiyoshi believes Komajuro is his uncle. The leading actress Sumiko is jealous and so, in order to humiliate the master, persuades the younger actress Kayo to seduce Kiyoshi.

In 2002, American film director James Mangold said, "Ozu is the world's greatest director film geeks have never heard of. A poet, humanitarian, stylist, innovator - and a brilliant actors' director. I would recommend the film to anyone with a heart who knows direction is about more than camera moves."

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SUGGESTED UPCOMING FILMS from Kanopy and other venues

Tampopo by Jûzô Itami
After the Wedding by Susanne Bier
Le Samourai by Jean-Pierre Melville
A Taste of Honey (1961) Tony Richardson 7.5
Charade (1963) Stanley Donen 7.9
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954) Jacques Becker 7.8
Billy Liar (1963) John Schlesinger 7.3
Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972) R.W. Fassbinder 7.7
Lacombe, Lucien (1974) Louis Malle 7.7
Robinson Crusoe (1954) Luis Buñuel 6.8
The Stranger (1946) Orson Welles 7.4 (also Netfilx)
They Made Me a Criminal (1939) Busby Berkeley 6.8 (also Amazon Prime)

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