A Story of Floating Weeds / Floating Weeds: Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu

Edition no. 232

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Directed by: Yasujiro Ozu

In 1959, Yasujiro Ozu remade his 1934 silent classic A Story of Floating Weeds in color with celebrated cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa. 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 reunites with his former lover and their 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 finds 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 of everyday life.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 , 1.37:1
Audio: Japanese 1.0 PCM Mono , Musical Score 5.1 DTS-HD MA Surround
Subtitles: English
Region: A
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50


  • Audio commentary for A Story of Floating Weeds by Japanese film historian Donald Richie
  • Audio commentary for Floating Weeds by film critic Roger Ebert
  • Score for A Story of Floating Weeds by composer Donald Sosin, presented in 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Trailer for Floating Weeds
  • Essay by Donald Richie

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