Perhaps the only film I will give 5 stars. After 4 or 5 viewings it still packs an emotional punch. This is how you tell a story without flourishes. No film tells me more about humanity, it's failings, weakness, selfishness.
Setsuko Hara gives the greatest of many great performances in Ozu's films. Her generosity of spirit counterbalances beautifully the lack of empathy in other characters.
Each viewing reveals more. It is as near a perfect film I have seen.
Not only my favourite Billy Wilder film, but also my favourite comedy. A script that sparkles with wit and originality. Wonderful acting from the leads and some of the funniest sight gags, the spaghetti / tennis racket scene being one!
Wilder made many good films, but this is the one I can rewatching time and again. Endearing and charming, yet with a fine line in cynicism. A joy.
A loose remake of the wonderful Late Spring. Setsuko Hara, who played the daughter in the earlier film, gives a touching performance as the widowed mother. Yoko Tsukasa (who was in Yojimbo the following year) plays Ayako, the daughter. Ayakos friend Yuriko (Mariko Okada) completes a trio of woman at the core of this film.
Ozu thematically worked off a limited palet. The depth of emotion he achieved in his films is all the more remarkable for this. Some will…