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Floating Weeds

For decades, the films of Yasujiro Ozu were largely unseen outside of Japan; the thinking was that his studied tales of family relationships were "too Japanese" to make sense to foreign viewers. But even in Japan his films stood out. He wasn't "too Japanese" he was "too Ozu".

Floating Weeds, a 1959 colour remake of his earlier A Story Of Floating Weeds, sees a down-at-heel troupe of travelling performers arrive at a sleepy seaside town to perform their out-of-date plays to dwindling audiences. The main reason for the visit is for the troupe's leader, Komajuro, to visit an old flame with whom he has a son, a son who has always been told the old actor is his uncle. Komajuro's lead actress becomes consumed by jealousy and engineers a seduction »

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