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Passing Fancy (1933)

Dekigokoro (original title)
Two Tokyo co-workers come across a destitute young lady in search of a place to live.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

Writers:

Tadao Ikeda (adaptation), Yasujirô Ozu (idea) (as James Maki)
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Takeshi Sakamoto ... Kihachi
Nobuko Fushimi Nobuko Fushimi ... Harue
Den Ohinata Den Ohinata ... Jiro (as Den Obinata)
Chôko Iida ... Otome
Tomio Aoki Tomio Aoki ... Tomio (as Tokkan Kozô)
Reikô Tani Reikô Tani ... Barber
Seiji Nishimura Seiji Nishimura
Seiichi Katô Seiichi Katô ... (as Seiichi Kato)
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After the death of his wife, a man struggles to raise his son in nearly overwhelming poverty. When the father meets a beautiful young woman, the son becomes jealous of his father's attentions, and conflict arises between them. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Yet another silent Ozu masterpiece
10 September 2003 | by kerpanSee all my reviews

Dekigokoro (Passing Fancy), is one of Ozu's 3 masterpieces from 1933. It stars the second of cinematic Ozu's "alter egos", Takeshi Sakamoto. Sakamoto typically plays a down and out working class father. Here, he is especially dense, to excellent comic effect. Tomio Aoki (in probably his most significant child role) plays a kid who seems to be considerably brighter than his father -- and who does more to keep the household running. Aoki is (of course) quite funny. But he also does an excellent job of showing a child's response to unwanted change. He and his father have long depended solely on each other -- but now his father has his eye on a young woman who has moved into their slum neighborhood. Aoki very much resents his father's interest in the woman -- and resists her attempts to win his affections.

This is an extremely visual film, with lots of completely "wordless" humor. The film starts out with an extended scene in a music hall (Chishu Ryu performing as the "singer") in which first a lost wallet circulates, and then a flea (or fleas). Probably not as great a family drama as the prior "I Was Born But" or the subsequent "Tokyo Inn", but nonetheless quite enjoyable.


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Country:

Japan

Release Date:

7 September 1933 (Japan) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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