Decoupage has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★½ .

  • A Woman Crying in Spring

    A Woman Crying in Spring

    Every early Shimizu film I've seen has been awfully melodramatic, and A Woman Crying in Spring veers in that direction too, but it's clear location shooting inspired him to finally let his films breathe. There's spontaneity that would define his later, better films. This one was just average.

  • Tokyo Sweetheart

    Tokyo Sweetheart

    Just couldn't get into this one, but nice to know I've seen enough 1950s Japanese cinema to not be surprised when a film that otherwise isn't a musical ends with underwater singing and dancing at the bottom of Tokyo Bay.

  • The Opium War

    The Opium War

    Boring anti-British propaganda film made during World War II, starring Setsuko Hara and Hideko Takamine in supporting women's roles. Setsuko does have a nice song and dance musical scene near the end.

    There's just something incredibly strange about seeing Japanese guys in white face and wigs pretending to be colonial Brits.

  • The Lion Dance

    The Lion Dance

    Adequate for what it is, Ozu's documentary he made with the Ministry of Education. A sort of practice run for his transition from silent films to sound.

  • A Mother Should Be Loved

    A Mother Should Be Loved

    One of Ozu's most criticized films, made during the death of his father. The first and last reels are missing.

    This is Ozu so of course it's bad in a much different way than other films are bad. Most bad films are bad and then they have good moments here or there. A Mother Should Be Loved has bad moments here and there but always comes back to that slow Ozu burn.

  • I Graduated, But...

    I Graduated, But...

    According to critics, this was the first Ozu film where he depicted serious adult themes. Watchable fragment from the beginning of his career, nothing more.

  • Days of Youth

    Days of Youth

    Days of Youth serves as a signpost for how Ozu's career started with silent youth comedies in the 1920s. This is an imitative film made by a young man. There's some humor here and the movie is easy to watch once the ski trip starts, but there's not much more than that.

    Most of Ozu's filmmaking trademarks are absent, his comedic background and a few structural motifs notwithstanding.