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A Story of Floating Weeds / Floating Weeds

Spine #232

Apr 20, 2004

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • Japanese Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

A Story of Floating Weeds / Floating Weeds

Directed By: Yasujiro Ozu
Starring: Takeshi Sakamoto, Choko Iida, Koji Mitsui, Ganjiro Nakamura, Haruko Sugimura, Machiko Kyo, Ayako Wakao, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Hitome Nozoe, Chishu Ryu
Licensor: Shochiku

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In 1959, Yasujiro Ozu remade his 1934 silent classic A Story of Floating Weeds in color with the celebrated cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu). Setting his later version in a seaside location, Ozu otherwise preserves the details of his elegantly simple plot wherein an aging actor returns to a small town with his troupe and reunities with his former lover and illegitimate son, a scenario that enrages his current mistress and results in heartbreak for all. Together, the films offer a unique glimpse into the evolution of one of cinema's greatest directors. A Story of Floating Weeds reveals Ozu in the midst of developing his mode of expression; Floating Weeds reveals his distinct style at its pinnacle. In each, the director captures the joy and sadness in everyday life.

  • Audio commentary by Japanese film historian Donald Richie
  • New score by noted silent-film composer Donald Sosin
  • Audio commentary by film critic Roger Ebert
  • Original theatrical trailer


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