Yasujiro Ozu's first color film is a delight. I appreciate it even more now having seen Daniel Raim's documentary on Ozu's later work, where his qualities come out even more than in his previous work. His use of color is quite exquisite; turns out Ozu designed the whole of the set design himself in marvellous detail, the title cards are his an so on. Thematically we are in the same bracket with the breakdown of the traditional Japanese family, a…
The mafia backstory and the whole James Bond thing is just a total turnoff. It even ruins the good work already done on the raw, stylish first film. That would make this the first kind of sequel.
Please, please, pretty please.. don't ruin what has (had?) a potential to be a great franchise and get back to doing the basics right in the next one.
I was going to write a review on Tokyo Story but I might as well do it here.
Family, generations, marriage, urban life. Always the same themes in the director's later years. That camera angle from the tatami mat, and the camera never moves. The placing of the camera in the middle of conversations to face the one talking, or completely out of them. The framing, the trasitional shots, the understated acting.
Ozu lived with his mother all his life.…