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Tadao Ikeda (adaptation)
Yasujirô Ozu (idea)
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Release Date:
7 September 1933 (Japan) See more »
Two Tokyo co-workers come across a destitute young lady in search of a place to live. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Well acted and directed....though not all that interesting See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order)
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Kihachi
Nobuko Fushimi ... Harue
Den Obinata ... Jiro
Chôko Ilda ... Otome (as Chôko Iida)
Tomio Aoki ... Tomio (as Tokkan Kozô)
Reikô Tani ... Barber
Seiji Nishimura
Seiichi Katô (as Seiichi Kato)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chishû Ryû ... Man on boat (uncredited)
Hideo Sugawara ... Boy Taunting Tomio (uncredited)

Directed by
Yasujirô Ozu 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tadao Ikeda  adaptation
Yasujirô Ozu  idea (as James Maki)

Cinematography by
Hideo Shigehara 
Shôjirô Sugimoto 
Film Editing by
Kazuo Ishikawa 
Set Decoration by
Yonekazu Wakita 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hideo Hoshî .... assistant camera
Hiroyuki Nagaoka .... assistant camera
Toshimitsu Nakajima .... lighting technician

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Also Known As:
"Passing Fancy" - , International (English title) (literal English title)
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100 min (24 fps)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Well acted and directed....though not all that interesting, 3 May 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Yasujiro Ozu is an extremely well respected film director. While not as famous today as his countryman, Kurosawa, among those who are fans of Japanese cinema, he is practically a god. While I have loved many of his films due to their amazing artistry and great direction, I also think that overall, many of his films are a tad overrated. In other words, because SOME films are near-perfect classics (such as both versions of FLOATING WEEDS or my favorite, LATE SPRING), people often tend to see ALL of his films as having the same quality. This is true of all the great directors, as there are a devoted group of followers that see every film as great--even if the films have obvious flaws or were made before the directors learned and perfected their craft.

I mention all this because although PASSING FANCY is a very good film, it's far from great--despite some amazingly positive reviews. While it's true that the Japanese film industry didn't switch to sound until very, very late compared to Western countries, shouldn't this be considered when giving out 10s to these silents? In other words, shouldn't technical merit be considered when reviewing a film? As such, I'd have to knock a point off the film. In addition, the film's plot is amazingly scant and a bit too ordinary.

Now in Ozu's defense, I must say that when it comes to the ordinary, nobody does it better. Here we have the story of a hard-drinking blue collar man and his young son and there's not a lot of excitement or action...but it STILL engages the audience due to his nice touch and excellent acting. In addition, the ending is very sweet and well done--even if nothing is exactly resolved in this story of very mundane individuals.

Well done and worth seeing but not exactly magical.

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