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Good Morning (1959)

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

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu
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Cast

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

Comedy | Drama | Family

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

February 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Yasujiro Ozu's Good Morning See more »

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Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Keitarô Hayashi: Someone said TV would produce 100 million idiots.
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The original American theatrical release prints were in black and white. See more »

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References The Defiant Ones (1958) See more »

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Ozu's most accessible film
27 September 2005 | by anton_d_mannaseh1See all my reviews

"Good Morning," is one of my favorite's films.

It means a lot to me personally, because -like all of Ozu's work- it demonstrates a brilliant understanding of the complexities of being human. It contains simple wisdom, humour, and kindness; and sadly the whole of cinema history has provided us with very few films which can make such a claim. Ozu celebrates the beauty of middle-class existence, all the while delivering a profound criticism of our tendency to permit "small talk" to dominate conversations. Ultimately though, it is the humour which makes "Good Morning" my favorite's Ozu picture, for it is a very funny movie. Very funny and very satisfying! I can hardly imagine an open-minded person not enjoying it.

Because many North American viewers have a reluctance to watch films more than a few years old, or in languages other than English, Ozu's exposure here is still extremely limited. That is unfortunate because Ozu's films are quite universal.

I feel confident that anyone could appreciate Ozu's genius in this film.


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