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A Story of Floating Weeds

A Story of Floating Weeds

1934
Drama
1h 26m
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Avg Percentile 69.04% from 264 total ratings

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Rated 07 Jul 2010
4
55th
A little bit too forced in the drama for my Ozu tastes, but still worthwhile.
Rated 07 May 2018
84
89th
Absolutely frigging gorgeous silent drama from young Ozu. As someone who discovered the 50's version first, the ceaseless piano thumping & minutely exaggerated silent acting played up the melodrama while the narratively necessary dialogue cards & concessions to pre-war politics felt like tiny intrusions to its discreet flow. Even so it's remarkable how little Ozu's style has changed & how mature & fully developed it feels. Many of the speechless scenes have a uniquely delicate beauty to them.
Rated 14 Dec 2015
3
38th
Ozu's approach suffers here, as the blunt intertitles convey with too heavy a hand his usually subtle approach to domestic drama. It's still a fine story, and of course, full of beautiful compositions.
Rated 24 Sep 2023
5
14th
A late silent entry from Ozu that displays his technical mastery even so early in his career. Regrettably, the story and its characters didn't really connect with me, but there are some pleasantly intimate moments.
Rated 02 Jan 2015
50
0th
Yasujiro Ozu #1
Rated 24 Jan 2012
80
77th
Another great silent film by Ozu. Although its drama is a tad convoluted, Ozu's themes of Japan's evolving patriarchal society still resonate loud and clear. His camera continues to improve as well, framing shot after shot of intimate human interaction in beautiful fashion.
Rated 23 Feb 2016
15
81st
Star Rating: ★★★★
Rated 17 Nov 2018
80
78th
I've found later Ozu films to be an acquired taste with a lot of long brooding family scenes, but this one was a surprise with a little more action. The theater troupe was an amusing pseudo-family I would have liked to have seen more of; the other family drama took a little more time to unravel but also had some surprises. I look forward to seeing the remake as well.
Rated 17 May 2020
83
82nd
Ozu's style includes significant first act wandering. Before he allows us to see his intent, or give hints where his characters might go, we must wait for him to paint the picture, to settle into the world of the characters and to know them quite well before they move.Takeshi Sakamoto once again does a tremendous job as the father. It reaches a brutally poignant ending. Once again, Ozu rolls credits on a point that could hardly be called a conclusion.ambiguous and hopeful, if a bit sad.
Rated 18 Nov 2015
77
86th
Excellent Ozu silent; as the characters have a somewhat atypical familial relationship it feels a bit exotic by Ozu standards. Ozu's cinematography feels fully-formed at this point; I especially like the fly fishing scene. The script is a bit more dialogue-heavy than I like in a silent film, but it works out well.
Rated 06 Nov 2015
9
93rd
Again, a slow build towards mastery. Ozu watches human folly and frailty with such calm, clarity and tenderness, it's imposible not to be deeply moved.
Rated 20 Feb 2013
70
96th
This was a late Ozu silent I thorough enjoyed. Much do to the chemistry between the characters and the roles and changes they display. Takeshi Sakamoto really getting his act together for the lead role here. And there is no denying he and Chôko Iida has a special bond on the screen. Iida might not be a natural beauty, but that smile of hers will warm anyone up in a motherly way. And I'm pretty sure no one will deny that Sakamoto comes across as someone who needs a mother to take care of him.

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