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Good Morning (1959)

Ohayô (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | February 1962 (USA)
Two boys begin a silence strike to press their parents into buying them a television set.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heiichirô Fukui
Setsuko Arita
Keitarô Hayashi
Kuniko Miyake ...
Tamiko Hayashi
Haruko Sugimura ...
Kikue Haraguchi
Kôji Shitara ...
Minoru Hayashi
Masahiko Shimazu ...
Isamu Hayashi
Kyôko Izumi ...
Midori Maruyama
Toyo Takahashi ...
Shige Ôkubo
Sadako Sawamura ...
Kayoko Fukui
Eijirô Tôno ...
Teruko Nagaoka ...
Toyoko Tomizawa
Eiko Miyoshi ...
Mitsue Haraguchi
Haruo Tanaka ...
Akira Ôizumi ...
Akira Maruyama


This movie takes a look at a Westernized suburban area in Japan in the late '50s. It focuses mainly on the daily lives of a small community and the way its members interact. It also demonstrates the power of oral communication and the way in which small talk acts as a lubricant for our daily lives. Written by <PastaQueen2@hotmail.com>

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Yasujirô Ozu: [movie posters] Ozu pays tribute to his cinematic influences by putting all kinds of film posters all over the wall in his films. In this movie, there are two posters, one of The Defiant Ones (1958) (at 08:30) and one of The Lovers (1958) (at 08:07), both at the neighbors' house. See more »


Keitarô Hayashi: Someone said TV would produce 100 million idiots.
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Remake of I Was Born, But... (1932) See more »

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Delightful and Critical View of the Behavior of the Japanese Working Class Under the American Influence
2 February 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In a small community of workers in Japan, two brothers decide to not speak because they want to force their parents to buy a television.

With this single storyline, Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu exposes a delightful and critical view of the behavior of the Japanese working class under the American influence in the post-WWII. Once again the major concern of Ozu is with the family and human relationship. The situation of the retired people is magnificently pictured through the desperate men looking for a job; the domination of the USA in Japan is represented through the need of private English classes for the two brothers, and the translation of documents to English; superfluous consume of the American society is represented through the importance of the useless television for the younger generation, while their parents are concerned with have some savings for their retirement. The destructive little gossips, the difficulties of communication, and many other problems of relationship are also shown in this little gem. For movie lovers like me, I regret to inform that this is the first DVD of the great director released in Brazil. Only in festivals, and occasionally in cable television, Brazilians have the chance to see the work of this great director. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Bom Dia" ("Good Morning")

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