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A Story of Floating Weeds (1934)

Ukikusa monogatari (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | January 1994 (USA)
A kabuki actor's mistress hatches a jealous plot to bring down her lover's son.

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Credited cast:
Takeshi Sakamoto ...
Chôko Iida ...
Kôji Mitsui ...
Shinkichi (as Hideo Mitsui)
Rieko Yagumo ...
Otaka
Yoshiko Tsubouchi ...
Tomio Aoki ...
Tomi-boh
Reikô Tani ...
Tomibo's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kiyoshi Aono ...
Sword trainer
Mariko Aoyama ...
Barber's landlady
Mitsumura Ikebe ...
Villager
Seiji Nishimura ...
Kichi, an actor
Mitsuru Wakamiya ...
Station attendant
Emiko Yagumo
Nagamasa Yamada ...
Maako, an actor
Munenobu Yui
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A troupe of actors comes to town, short on funds and bedeviled by bad weather, so they can't put on shows. Kihachi is the troupe's leader. He steals off every day to visit Otsune (an ex-lover) and their son, Shinkichi, who believes his father is a long-dead civil servant. Kihachi has been paying Shinkichi's tuition, and he's now at university. Kihachi's lover, Otaka, the troupe's lead actress, learns Kihachi's secret and plots to ruin Shinkichi and humiliate Kihachi: she offers money to Otoki, the troupe's ingénue, to seduce Shinkichi. Soon the boy is head over heels, and Otoki finds herself with feelings for him. Can this end well or is tragedy at hand? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Kihachi: Like father, like son. So fast with the girls.
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Only for Ozu Die Hards
5 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

I have not yet seen the acclaimed remake, but this film does not compare to other Ozu silents such as 'Woman of Tokyo' or the masterpiece with similar, "boy, grow up to be a better man than your father" themes - 'I was Born, But'.

The best scenes here are when the emotional heart of the scene is hinted at, rather than spoken abruptly. For instance, when we first learn the boy is the son of this man and woman, it is learned without being said - and the emotional weight of the scene is less in learning the fact, than in the way these two characters react to it without ever speaking of it directly. Unfortunately the film more often goes for high melodrama than this subtle approach, which feeling too staged, left me feeling oddly unaffected.

That being said Ozu does manage to create an enticing mood in parts and it is well acted.


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