A Straightforward Boy

A Straightforward Boy ★★★

This mostly lost Ozu film begins with: ‘it’s one of those nice days when kidnappers come out’.

A playful and darkly witty tone is set that is maintained throughout. There is not much here, but it stands out nicely in his filmography and is genuinely quite funny - if over the top.

This is one of the few silent Ozus where it feels like he is trying to make a silent film, following the grammar of the form, as opposed to making talkies before the tech existed. The performances are larger, the acting more physical in general and it is nicely stripped back.

Nothing revelatory but 14 minutes well spent.