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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

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 ... Isamu Hayashi
Kyôko Izumi ... Midori Maruyama
Toyo Takahashi ... Shige Ôkubo
Sadako Sawamura ... Kayoko Fukui
Eijirô Tôno ... Tomizawa
Teruko Nagaoka ... Toyoko Tomizawa
Eiko Miyoshi ... Mitsue Haraguchi
Haruo Tanaka ... Haraguchi
Akira Ôizumi ... Akira Maruyama

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Storyline

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

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

Quotes

Kayoko Fukui: Important things are difficult to say.
Heiichirô Fukui: Whereas meaningless things are easy to say.
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Alternate Versions

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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An Ironic Film About Language
7 September 2003 | by bix171See all my reviews

It may have the skimpiest of plots--two young brothers take a vow of silence until their parents buy them a television--but Yasujiro Ozu's 1959 picture is anything but slight, taking on the subject of language (ironic, considering the story) with attentiveness and intelligence. In his deliberate, contemplative manner, Ozu presents a wry commentary on the ways even the most innocuous words can harm (gossip) or become the building blocks of a relationship (a budding romance is confirmed by a conversation about the weather); he also notes Japan's growing fascination with the English language (the older boy studies it) and the increasing obsession, now with fourteen years of distance from the war, with American technology--the suburban landscape is peppered with aerial antennas as television begins to permeate the culture. It's subtly beautiful: each shot is perfectly framed (the camera never moves) with an excellent use of depth that highlights exactly what the director wants you to see and giving you plenty of space to focus; it's easy to see how a master of today's Asian cinema such as Wong Kar-Wai would be profoundly influenced by Ozu's languid yet carefully observed filmmaking. A delight; it's also a fine introduction for younger viewers to the magnificence of international cinema.


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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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