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Repertory Jun 10 – Jun 13, 2019

Floating Weeds

Dir. Yasujiro Ozu Japan 119 min

1959 Janus Films

In 1959, Yasujiro Ozu remade his 1934 silent classic _A Story of Floating Weeds_ in color with the celebrated cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (_Rashomon, Ugetsu_). Setting his later version in a seaside location, Ozu otherwise preserves the details of his elegantly simple plot wherein an aging actor returns to a small town with his troupe and reunites with his former lover and illegitimate son, a scenario that enrages his current mistress and results in heartbreak for all. Together, the films offer a unique glimpse into the evolution of one of cinema's greatest directors. _A Story of Floating Weeds_ reveals Ozu in the midst of developing his mode of expression; _Floating Weeds_ reveals his distinct style at its pinnacle. In each, the director captures the joy and sadness in everyday life. — Janus Films

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