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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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Cast overview:
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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Salted Salmon
7 February 2012 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

Another early Ozu where family ties - severely tested but affirmed - steer the world away from havoc and into good. Another early Ozu that documents Japanese society being pushed through the wringer of Western influence, cinematically reflected with Chaplinesque beats: the father is a lazy factory worker and no good man-about-town, in stark contrast to the meek, corporate executive father in I Was Born But.., and once more the stubborn son has to live with the shame.

This go round and in comparison to the above film, the intended seduction of suburban life is less effective. The innocence of childhood is less the fulcrum of discovery of how the world works, and more a counterpoint to ordinary drama; thwarted love, strained friendship, high-minded sacrifice in the end that seduces noble, better persons out of everyone.

Everything turns out the way it does for a reason, the film whimsically asserts. Why is sea water salty? But of course for us to salt salmon with.

It is good and was awarded that year with a Kinema Jumpo beating films by future rivals Mizoguchi and Naruse. I assume it won for the denouement of selfless humanity - inspirationally miraculous and accompanied by fireworks in the sky - that must have echoed desirably at tumultuous times such as those, but there were more interesting things afoot in Japanese cinema of the time.


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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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