Dir: Ozu Yasujiro
Japan, 1959, Japanese, 94mins, DCP
Cast: Sada Keiji, Ryu Chishu, Miyake Kuniko, Sugimura Haruko
Nearly three decades later, Ozu reworked his mischievous silent masterpiece into a Technicolor comedy, vividly reflecting the transformation of family life in the new postwar era. Set in a close-quartered suburban neighbourhood, this genial comedy continues the story of two rambunctious boys, who now take their protest in a vow of silence for a different reason – to coerce their parents into buying a TV set. A farting gag expands to become an apt metaphor for verbal flatulence. All this domestic intrigue and earthy humour underlie a thought-provoking theme in a changing world: whether small talk is a social lubricant or barrier to true communication.
2/3 (Sat): Film talk with Edith Chiu