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Walk Cheerfully (1930)

Hogaraka ni ayume (original title)
A small-time hood wants to go straight for a good girl but finds that starting over isn't as simple as it sounds.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

Writers:

Tadao Ikeda (screenplay), Hiroshi Shimizu (story)
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Cast overview:
Minoru Takada Minoru Takada ... Kenji Koyama
Hiroko Kawasaki Hiroko Kawasaki ... Yasue Sugimoto
Satoko Date Satoko Date ... Chieko
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Ono, the company's president
Nobuko Matsuzono Nobuko Matsuzono ... Yasue's sister
Hisao Yoshitani Hisao Yoshitani ... Senko
Teruo Môuri Teruo Môuri ... Gunpei
Utako Suzuki Utako Suzuki ... The mother
Kanji Kawahara Kanji Kawahara
Kenji Kimura Kenji Kimura
Chishû Ryû
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Kenji is a small thief who likes drinking and fighting. When he falls in love with sweet and simple Yazue, and she finds out what kind of guy he really is, she leaves him 'until he becomes an honest person'. But it is not easy to get rid of one's past... Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Japan

Release Date:

1 March 1991 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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First Disappointing Ozu film I have seen
3 July 2011 | by princebansal1982See all my reviews

Ozu is one of my top 3 directors and I have just loved all his movies I have seen till now except this one. "I Was Born, But..." which was made just 2 years after this movie was a delightful surprise. It was a comedy/drama centered around kids. Compared with that it feels like it is inspired from western movies. And Ozu's doesn't seems to have a developed a strong style of his own.

Ozu's later movies are very similar in topic to each other. But they are never clichéd. He delights in subverting the genres and breaking the established norms. But "Walk Cheerfully" is very clichéd. Yes, there are few Ozu touches but as such it is not an Ozu movie.

Of course this is just the start of his career. But it just goes to show me that even he made bad movies. This movie is average if you consider the time it was made in. But compared to other Ozu movies it is just awful. I wouldn't recommend this to his fans.


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