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FLOATING WEEDS [UKIGUSA](Masters of Cinema) (DVD) [1959]

Ganjiro Nakamura , Haruko Sugimura , Yasujiro OZU    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ganjiro Nakamura, Haruko Sugimura, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Machiko Kyo
  • Directors: Yasujiro OZU
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Dec 2012
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008LUICI8


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SYNOPSIS: Towards the end of his career, Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story; Late Spring; Early Summer; An Autumn Afternoon; Good Morning) returned to a story he had made some 25 years earlier as a silent, Ukigusa monogatari [A Story of Floating Weeds] , for a magnificent colour reworking, photographed by legendary cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa ( Rashomon, Ugetsu monogatari).

When a travelling theatre troupe brings their show to a seaside port, Komajuro (Ganjiro Nakamura), an ageing actor, is reunited with his former lover, sake bar owner Oyoshi (Haruko Sugimura), and his illegitimate son Kiyoshi (Hiroshi Kawaguchi), to the distress of his current mistress Sumiko (Machiko Kyo).

From this simple scenario, Ozu builds, one exquisite image at a time, a saga of profound humanity and rich understanding. Encompassing a novelistic range of emotions and tones with the utmost delicacy, Floating Weeds stands tall even amidst a body of work as extraordinary as Ozu's. Making its worldwide Blu-ray debut, The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Floating Weeds in a beautiful new high-definition restoration, released as a Dual Format (DVD & Blu-ray) edition and a DVD edition.

  • Exclusively restored high-definition master presented in the film's original aspect ratio, in 1080p on the Blu-ray
  • Newly translated optional English subtitles
  • Original Japanese theatrical trailer
  • Illustrated booklet featuring the words of Ozu, rare archival imagery, and more
  • Further details to be announced nearer the release date!


"Ozu's familiar combination of melancholy regret and buoyant comic gaiety is beguilingly in evidence. " --Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"A poignant tale of everyday folk; their lives, loves and losses, rendered with exquisite care, compassion and no small measure of humanity by one of the masters of Japanese cinema. " --Film 4

"A thoroughly absorbing affair" --Total Film

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best film I've seen this year!" 2010... 26 Feb 2010
I really recommend this film for those who enjoy a story about real human emotions.One feels empathy for all the characters because they share the problems and faults of most ordinary people. It is beautifully filmed and I would say it is a masterpiece as I can find no fault in it.It is the sort of film I would happily watch again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and compelling. 1 Jun 2004
Floating Weeds is a light hearted drama set in a small coastal town in the of south Japan, the story is based around a troop of travailing actors that travel from place to place playing traditional Japanese stories in the local theatres, if they fail to draw a large enough audience to the show it may mean the end of the road for the troop but the master Komajuro played by Ganjiro Nakamura is confident of their success, it has been 12 years since the troop was last in town and the master has more than one purpose in mind when he visits, on arrival he first calls to see an old flame and her son Kyushu, it is soon clear that Kyushu a young post office clerk has no idea that the visiting gentleman is not his uncle but really his father, Kyushu is not the only one who is unaware of this secret, Machiko Kyo plays Sumiko the Masters jealous mistress, when she finds out the masters secret she sets out to create trouble. In the background of all this the film focuses on the male members of the troop who are more interested in finding a woman and cheating each other to care much about the affairs of the Master, In this film Ozu tries to show us how the old must make way for the new and how we must adapt in order not to be left behind, this is a true Japanese classic and a must see for any Japanese film enthusiast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deceptively Simple 10 Nov 2008
Ozu is a world class director with a formidable filmography to his name, and this is one of his best movies. If you asked me who he was like, I would have to say that the nearest comparison would be with Jean Renoir, in that he is a director who loves his flawed characters - all of them, including the rogues - and he therefore has a life-affirming kind of compassion. But his style is all his own: characters always filmed from a fixed camera three feet off the ground, the height of a seated Japanese person; no pan shots; exquisite use of colour; only the most sparing use of exteriors; allowing quite important events to take place offscreen (here a robbery where the troupe loses all its money); punctuation with superb still life shots which are both a breathing space and tell you something about what has been going on.

Like so many Ozu movies, it's about the relationship between the older and younger generation. The story starts simply: a ragged troupe of strolling players (the floating weeds of the title) arrives in a run-down little port to give some shows. They come full of hope and excitement. The supporting players are looking forward to finding girls; the leader of the troupe, Komajuro, is visiting his ex-mistress and his son Kiyoshi (who doesn't know Komajuro is his father) for the first time in 12 years. Over the first thirty minutes nothing much happens, except to establish the characters, but by the alchemy of great film-making we are hooked into caring about these people. Ozu tells his story at his own pace, in his own time, and we go with the flow. Gradually the story gets more sombre.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Difficulty to Resume with the Past 14 Sep 2009
By Suzy
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A group of Kabuki actors tours around Japan and arrives at a small town on the coast. Here, the director Komajuro wishes to contact again his past lover. By attempting to do so, his present lover interferes, being violently jealous. The result is disastrous for the family and the troupe. Erroneously denying his son to adhere to his own feelings and values which he identifies as to cheap - even though they are his own - Kamajuro realises that in the end he must acknowledge the instability of human emotions, their individual truth and force, the difference between youth and old age when faced when resolving problems. He learns to forgive and thus connects again to the possibilities of life.
An enchanting movie with gracefully formulated messages
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars late ozu 11 Feb 2013
By B.Lenz
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The high-definition work of the blu-ray has not done miracles, but the colors are improved and it is a pleasure to see the red of the flowers, the green of the plants, the blue of the sky in high-definition. The film is deeply moving, one of my favorites, a pure jewel.
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