See you, space cowboy.
God, this movie is relentless.
Many have commented on the film’s transgressive exploration of the angry young rebel trope and the predication on rape culture that pokes its head into nearly every scene, but what I found most fascinating about Cruel Story of Youth is its discussion on rebellion being a generational pursuit and failure. Despite mostly focusing on our young protagonists, the film provides insight into the cultural values of three separate age groups and how those values are…
A rewatch only confirms what I’ve held all along: Tokyo Story is a staggering work of art and one of cinema’s defining explorations of love, apathy, repression and regret.
A few things I fixated on this time around:
- The scars left by the Second World War are much more explicit than I remembered. Ozu’s entire Noriko trilogy deals with shifting personal and cultural paradigms in postwar Japan, but the way in which Shoji’s ghost hangs over the entire drama…