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Two boys beg their parents for a television set, nagging them until all patience is lost. The parents order the boys to be quiet and the boys do exactly that--refusing to utter a word. The boys' silence ultimately puts the whole neighborhood into turmoil.
Yajusirô Ozu's perception of life is quite simple, but uniquely beautiful - after making many films about ageing, marriage, loneliness and many other adult stuff, it was time to tackle the innocence of childhood and to capture the essence of being a child. Good Morning is a film for its time and place, a period in Japan's history (during the country's brutal economic growth, the so-called “Japanese Miracle”) when having a TV wasn't something you could call mainstream, when every single kid wanted to watch sumo wrestling and baseball; it's a tender social commentary that depicts a specific time and that certainly does not have the same impact today, but Ozu's unique approach to the story is so beautiful and…
Like many of Ozu's late films, Good Morning is in color, but it somehow looks different from the others I've seen. Maybe it's because the film is set in a seemingly newly developed community outside of Tokyo. Everything looks new and fresh. I wish I could say the same about the storyline. Good Morning basically reworks the concept of his early silent I was Born, But... There are differences due to the age gap between the films but the treatment of kids and adults seems familiar.
This film is more interesting as a barometer of influence American consumerist culture has had on the Japanese. The kids in the film are obsessed with having a television set. They take a vow…
Film 3 of 10 on Josiah Morgan's list for me.
Oh boy. You hit the jackpot Josiah.
A pile of Ozu regulars join us once again for one of the most creative and sublime comedies I have ever seen. The sense of place here is truly inspired, with the usual close-to-the-floor cinematography and incredibly immersive exteriors. It's very down-to-earth, both figuratively and literally.
But what always astounds me about Ozu is the maturity present in even frame. Even all the farting jokes manage to be genuinely funny, and that takes a lot of skill. There's a really memorable scene that takes place at a cafe bar where an old man suddenly bears his soul to a younger man. He mourns…
Good Morning is usually promoted as the remake of Ozu's Was Born, But.... But that could said be said about a number of Ozu films. After all, they tend to contain many of the same themes and images. That said, that film certainly didn't contain fart jokes, which this one does. It work to a point. This is a lighter film, not as deep as Ozu best but it's good to see Ozu having some fun.
Sixty in September: 41/60
Good Morning is a coming together of many Ozu themes and character types. After the dark turns of Early Spring and Tokyo Twilight, there was a literal brightening and flowering of color in Equinox Flower. That film ended with a sense of hope for change. It seems fitting, then, that Good Morning should include (from what I've seen so far) one of Ozu's most diverse casts. It contains children of many ages, grandparents, multiple families, salarymen, jobless men, salesmen, wives, sisters, and "modern women." In a sense, character types -- and the concerns of their respective stories -- from throughout Ozu appear here.
The film is a loose remake, or perhaps callback, to his silent I…
Bratty children fart for fun and neighborhood gals gossip. This film was an amusing departure from Ozu's usual serious fare.
So, this is the first movie directed by Ozu I get to watch. And I'm just wow-ed at the simplicity of this movie, yet the ability to still carry a solid story.
It particulary caught my attention the people's views from this era about television, or getting new things, along their futuristic thoughts on them.
If you think that silence isn't powerful, then watch Good Morning/Ohayo, and see how the silence of two boys made uncountable waves of movement on a community... only for a TV.
Not really sure about the fart jokes.
ozu: destroying the bechdel test since 1959
Probably the best fart jokes you'll ever see in a film, and also one of the most adorable kids you'll see as well. I could watch Japanese housewives gossip for hours.
Man I don't even know where to start with this film its so good. The battle of tradition vs latching on to the newest trend is shown so well, and the juxtaposition of juvenile humor in the face of a very mature decision that is a vow of silence is so well done.
All the children actors are great and I had the rare moment where I forgot I was watching a movie. All of the kids houses are framed in specific ways so you always know where you are and just the community's geometry in general is very interesting, actually the camera work is way ahead of its time and seeing all of it is very neat.
Also there's a really cool thing where you feel like the parents should be better people than they actually and it's kinda depressing when you make the realization that they're just gossiping know it alls. Seriously just go watch it
The best generational drama/fart joke movie? I think so.
Good Morning is Ozu waking up in the morning to salut cinema.
honestly if I didn't look this movie up on imdb right before watching it, I'd have guessed it was made in the 70s... the colors. Wow. I was hanging onto every movement of those kids till the very end.. I had no idea what to expect. There was so many shots at all sorts of people too. The kids fought the parents, the grandparents talked shit about everybody, and shitting your pants and not speaking are both nuisances. So plain and simple.. yet so .. I don't know what word I'd use.
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