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Floating Weeds (1959)

Ukikusa (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 24 November 1970 (USA)
The head of a Japanese theatre troupe returns to a small coastal town where he left a son who thinks he is his uncle, and tries to make up for the lost time, but his current mistress grows jealous.


Yasujirô Ozu


Yasujirô Ozu (screenplay), Kôgo Noda (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ganjirô Nakamura ... Komajuro Arashi
Machiko Kyô ... Sumiko
Ayako Wakao ... Kayo
Hiroshi Kawaguchi Hiroshi Kawaguchi ... Kiyoshi Homma
Haruko Sugimura ... Oyoshi
Hitomi Nozoe ... Aiko
Chishû Ryû ... Theatre Owner
Kôji Mitsui ... Kichinosuke
Haruo Tanaka ... Yatazo
Yosuke Irie Yosuke Irie ... Sugiyama
Hikaru Hoshi Hikaru Hoshi ... Kimura
Mantarô Ushio Mantarô Ushio ... Sentaro
Kumeko Urabe ... Shige
Toyo Takahashi ... Aiko no haha
Mutsuko Sakura Mutsuko Sakura ... O-Katsu


A troupe of travelling players arrive at a small seaport in the south of Japan. Komajuro Arashi, the aging master of the troupe, goes to visit his old flame Oyoshi and their son Kiyoshi, even though Kiyoshi believes Komajuro is his uncle. The leading actress Sumiko is jealous and so, in order to humiliate the master, persuades the younger actress Kayo to seduce Kiyoshi. Written by Will Gilbert

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[According to cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa] 'I'll never forget that, from the first day on, he knew the names of everybody on the set [[ fifty people in the crew, people he'd never worked with. He'd written their names down, I learned later. But everyone was impressed and became devoted to him. Every single day working on this film was extremely pleasurable and enriching. In each of Ozu's films you can sniff his personality. He was pure, gentle, light-hearted, a fine individual.' See more »


Near the end, sandals disappear or move around: after Kiyoshi argues with his father, he runs upstairs, first slipping out of his sandals and leaving them at the bottom (center) of the stairs. Moments later, Kayo goes up to him. We see that she, too, removes her sandals at the bottom of the stairs. But Kiyoshi's sandals have now suddenly disappeared: we see only Kayo's sandals at the bottom of the stairs. Moments later, Kiyoshi comes back downstairs to go after his father. He goes to put on his sandals, which have now suddenly reappeared, but in a different location from where he took them off. A moment later, Kayo also comes down the stairs and puts on her sandals, which are approximately where she had removed them and placed them, moments earlier. See more »


Kayo: I'm glad you came. I thought you couldn't come. You're trembling, aren't you? Me too.
[takes Kiyoshi's hand and places it on her chest, then, kisses him, walks away, turns around and smiles]
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Referenced in The Triplets of Belleville (2003) See more »


Nangoku Tosa o atoni shite (aka: When leaving tropical Tosa)
Composed by Eisaku Takemasa
At the stage
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Pure elegance
26 December 2005 | by futures-1See all my reviews

"Floating Weeds" (Japanese, 1959): The first few things I notice about films by writer/director Ozu are: the incredibly consistent, artful composition used in his shots; his patience with the "ordinary"; and his intentional avoidance of "action" and blatant "drama". His films are meditative exercises on the daily truths we humans must face, which contain their own realistic challenges. Like Bergman and Allen, he too often uses the same actors, non-exotic locations, and stays within a philosophical area of interest that is obviously not market driven…which earns them dedicated followers...even after death. Ozu's films are pure elegance.

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Release Date:

24 November 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Floating Weeds See more »

Filming Locations:

Kii Peninsula, Honshu, Japan

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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