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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 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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #84. 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 »

Connections

References The Defiant Ones (1958) See more »

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Good Morning (1959)
12 December 2011 | by SnakesOnAnAfricanPlainSee all my reviews

Ozu said he wanted to make a film about people's inability to express the important things, but natter on about unimportant gossip. This all comes out thanks to two boys that really want a TV. They enter into a vow of silence until their TV comes. This silence is misconstrued by the neighbours, who think their mother is angry at them. They begin to gossip amongst themselves and rumors soon start. Meanwhile, the young boys' aunt and teacher are attracted, but fail to act on their emotions. This is a lovely little film, filled with some great humor. Though, I must admit, there was a bit too much focus on the poo/farts jokes. The two boys, especially the youngest, are very cute and make their efforts to get a TV seem less brattish. It's really sweet to see how dedicated the parents are, and even though the kids are kind of mean, they do appreciate the gift in the end. There's no escaping Ozu's look at the clashes between old and new, with the TV looming over all procedures as something that will change life. A little gem, if not one of Ozu's classics.


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