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A Story of Floating Weeds (1934)

Ukikusa monogatari (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | January 1994 (USA)
A kabuki actor's mistress hatches a jealous plot to bring down her lover's son.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

Writers:

Tadao Ikeda, Yasujirô Ozu (story) (as James Maki)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Kihachi
Chôko Iida ... Otsune, Ka-yan
Kôji Mitsui ... Shinkichi (as Hideo Mitsui)
Emiko Yagumo Emiko Yagumo ... Otaka (as Rieko Yagumo)
Yoshiko Tsubouchi ... Otoki
Tomio Aoki ... Tomi-boh
Reikô Tani Reikô Tani ... Tomibo's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kiyoshi Aono Kiyoshi Aono ... Sword trainer
Mariko Aoyama Mariko Aoyama ... Barber's landlady
Mitsumura Ikebe Mitsumura Ikebe ... Villager
Seiji Nishimura Seiji Nishimura ... Kichi, an actor
Mitsuru Wakamiya Mitsuru Wakamiya ... Station attendant
Nagamasa Yamada Nagamasa Yamada ... Maako, an actor
Munenobu Yui Munenobu Yui
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Storyline

A troupe of actors comes to town, short on funds and bedeviled by bad weather, so they can't put on shows. Kihachi is the troupe's leader. He steals off every day to visit Otsune (an ex-lover) and their son, Shinkichi, who believes his father is a long-dead civil servant. Kihachi has been paying Shinkichi's tuition, and he's now at university. Kihachi's lover, Otaka, the troupe's lead actress, learns Kihachi's secret and plots to ruin Shinkichi and humiliate Kihachi: she offers money to Otoki, the troupe's ingénue, to seduce Shinkichi. Soon the boy is head over heels, and Otoki finds herself with feelings for him. Can this end well or is tragedy at hand? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #232. See more »

Quotes

Kihachi: Where are you going?
Otaka: Kamisuwa.
Kihachi: And you?
Otaka: No place in particular.
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Crazy Credits

The film title and credits are placed before a backdrop of plain sackcloth. This would become a trademark of Yasujirô Ozu films. See more »

Connections

Remade as Floating Weeds (1959) See more »

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Elegant Simplicity
27 April 2005 | by Galina_movie_fanSee all my reviews

"A Story of Floating Weeds" (1934) was the second Yasujiro Ozu's film I've seen. Like with "Tokyo Story", I kept asking myself, why the film that was made so many years ago about the people who lived so far away in the world I don't know much about is so wonderfully engaging? Why was I so drawn to the characters of this human drama? The story is simple: an aging, traveling actor who is the manager of a kabuki troupe returns to a remote village where he secretly meets his former lover and her 19 year old illegitimate son, to whom he is known as "uncle." The older man finds happiness in communicating with his son who turned to be a fine young man. His current mistress, filled with jealousy because of his attachment to his secret family, hires a young beautiful girl, the member of a troupe to seduce a boy.

Directed by the great director and humanist with elegant simplicity, genuine interest to his characters and restraint, this moving film is never melodramatic or manipulative.

I liked the music score written specially for the film in 2004. I tried to watch it silent but it would take me more than one viewing to get used to no music score at all.

Seems that Ozu valued the film and thought about it a lot - he himself made a remake in color and sound 25 years later.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

None | Japanese

Release Date:

January 1994 (USA) See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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