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Ukikusa monogatari (1934)

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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Chôko Iida ...
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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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A Story of Floating Weeds  »

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Shinkichi: Uncle? Where is Uncle?
Otsune, Ka-yan: You mean Father?
[Shinkichi nods]
Otsune, Ka-yan: He went on the road again. Don't try to stop him. Just be a great man. That's all he wants. Since you were born, he's been coming here with that one hope in mind.
[Shinkichi and Otoki cry. Shot of the daruma doll]
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Elegant Simplicity
27 April 2005 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

"A Story of Floating Weeds" (1934) was the second Yasujiro Ozu's film I've seen. Like with "Tokyo Story", I kept asking myself, why the film that was made so many years ago about the people who lived so far away in the world I don't know much about is so wonderfully engaging? Why was I so drawn to the characters of this human drama? The story is simple: an aging, traveling actor who is the manager of a kabuki troupe returns to a remote village where he secretly meets his former lover and her 19 year old illegitimate son, to whom he is known as "uncle." The older man finds happiness in communicating with his son who turned to be a fine young man. His current mistress, filled with jealousy because of his attachment to his secret family, hires a young beautiful girl, the member of a troupe to seduce a boy.

Directed by the great director and humanist with elegant simplicity, genuine interest to his characters and restraint, this moving film is never melodramatic or manipulative.

I liked the music score written specially for the film in 2004. I tried to watch it silent but it would take me more than one viewing to get used to no music score at all.

Seems that Ozu valued the film and thought about it a lot - he himself made a remake in color and sound 25 years later.


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