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Good Morning (1959)

Ohayô (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | February 1962 (USA)
Two boys begin a silence strike to press their parents into buying them a television set.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Heiichirô Fukui
... Setsuko Arita
... Keitarô Hayashi
... Tamiko Hayashi
... Kikue Haraguchi
... Minoru Hayashi
Masahiko Shimazu ... Isamu Hayashi
Kyôko Izumi ... Midori Maruyama
... Shige Ôkubo
Sadako Sawamura ... Kayoko Fukui
... Tomizawa
Teruko Nagaoka ... Toyoko Tomizawa
Eiko Miyoshi ... Mitsue Haraguchi
Haruo Tanaka ... Haraguchi
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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Yasujirô Ozu: [movie posters] Ozu pays tribute to his cinematic influences by putting all kinds of film posters all over the wall in his films. In this movie, there are two posters, one of The Defiant Ones (1958) (at 08:30) and one of The Lovers (1958) (at 08:07), both at the neighbors' house. See more »

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Isamu: I love you.
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Good Morning (1959)
12 December 2011 | by See 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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