Rashid N.’s review published on Letterboxd:
I was going through my schedule for my Yasujirō Ozu binge and almost left out this film because I wanted to get to his talkies quicker but I am so glad that I didn't as A Story of Floating Weeds is easily my favourite from Ozu thus far.
Up to this point, I had really liked and even sort of loved That Night's Wife and Tokyo Chorus but found them to be riddled with problems and that they were severely underdeveloped, that was mainly the case for That Night's Wife. I had enjoyed his work but it was frustrating to not feel the same love and appreciation for his work as many others had felt so. Yet, I knew that this was only his earlier lesser work henceforth, I marched on forward with vigor and here I am having absolutely adored A Story of Floating Weeds.
This film is the first which I've seen from Ozu that felt fully formed and developed. It tells the tale it wants to in the appropriate amount of time and it seems like this is where Ozu started to become the master he is known as.
What makes this so great, at least for me, is that within this film, Ozu cut out his usual comedy for a darker story and I loved that. He had some good comedic bits in his previous work but mostly, I wasn't a fan of his comedy so this fairly dark film was a wonderful change for me personally.
That historical period setting and the emotionally enriching story made for a rewarding viewing experience of Ozu's A Story of Floating Weeds. It isn't perfect and maybe even this film needed a little more development which can be found in his remake that I am super excited for but while this is a flawed film, it's still something that I adored. I shall now pause my Ozu binge and continue it next month starting with his first ever talkie, 1936's The Only Son.