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Floating Weeds (1959)
"Ukikusa" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  24 November 1970 (USA)
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The head of a Japanese theatre troupe returns to a small coastal town where he left a son who thinks he is his uncle, and tries to make up for the lost time, but his current mistress grows jealous.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ganjirô Nakamura ...
Komajuro Arashi
Machiko Kyô ...
Ayako Wakao ...
Hiroshi Kawaguchi ...
Kiyoshi Homma
Haruko Sugimura ...
Hitomi Nozoe ...
Theatre Owner
Kôji Mitsui ...
Haruo Tanaka ...
Yosuke Irie ...
Hikaru Hoshi ...
Mantarô Ushio ...
Kumeko Urabe ...
Toyo Takahashi ...
Aiko no haha
Mutsuko Sakura ...


A troupe of travelling players arrive at a small seaport in the south of Japan. Komajuro Arashi, the aging master of the troupe, goes to visit his old flame Oyoshi and their son Kiyoshi, even though Kiyoshi believes Komajuro is his uncle. The leading actress Sumiko is jealous and so, in order to humiliate the master, persuades the younger actress Kayo to seduce Kiyoshi. Written by Will Gilbert

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Has 962 separate shots, a very high number, more than twice what Kurosawa would generally use. See more »


Near the end, sandals disappear or move around: after Kiyoshi argues with his father, he runs upstairs, first slipping out of his sandals and leaving them at the bottom (center) of the stairs. Moments later, Kayo goes up to him. We see that she, too, removes her sandals at the bottom of the stairs. But Kiyoshi's sandals have now suddenly disappeared: we see only Kayo's sandals at the bottom of the stairs. Moments later, Kiyoshi comes back downstairs to go after his father. He goes to put on his sandals, which have now suddenly reappeared, but in a different location from where he took them off. A moment later, Kayo also comes down the stairs and puts on her sandals, which are approximately where she had removed them and placed them, moments earlier. See more »


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This, not "Tokyo Monogatari" is Ozu's best
22 September 1999 | by (Freiburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

This time Ozu does not settle his film in Tokyo, but in a small town at the coast. And it is not a home-drama. At the centre are the experiences of a Kabuki-troup. Thus Ozu can play with the cliches of the Geisha and Samurai film. But not only Geishas and Samurais have become outdated, but also the representation of the latter by Kabuki-theater. The educated miss "social relevance" the others the pink panties of the dancing girls. The show of the theater group is a failure, and all the actors ask themselves for which reason they have come to such a place. But they get top know that the head of the troup visits an old lady whose son thinks he is the actor's nephew.... From this constellation originates a typical Ozu story of love, betrayal, disillusion with an ending you would not have expected seconds before. The whole film is characterized by beautiful and symbolic arrangements of Japanese interieurs, though mostly of the traditional type. I hope that other dubbed versions are not as awful as the German one.

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