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5.0 out of 5 stars Student Comedies
These pictures are called "Student Comedies" but often treat students searching for a job or dealing with their first sentimental problems, the tone is not always funny as there also are melodramatic situations (The Lady and The Beard). We find a different kind of Ozu cinema from what we know, based on slapstick and visual gags. Some elements of Ozu's mature style are to...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Silent Pleasures
Four films, all silent, one from 1929, and the other three from the early 1930s, these are valuable records of Japan as it looked back in these days, when Western encroachment was already evident, and is subtly evidenced by Ozu here, against the background of Japanese student life, in and out of college.
It can be a bit tedious, alas, in parts, as the quality of the...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Student Comedies, 11 Aug 2012
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These pictures are called "Student Comedies" but often treat students searching for a job or dealing with their first sentimental problems, the tone is not always funny as there also are melodramatic situations (The Lady and The Beard). We find a different kind of Ozu cinema from what we know, based on slapstick and visual gags. Some elements of Ozu's mature style are to be seen in the last movie in the series "Where Are the Dreams of Youth" , where the hero has to face his father's death and the direction of the family business.
The movies, despite their age, are light and funny and have a kind of freshness that is not expected, due to the style of Ozu, who manages to infuse his characters with a dose of humanity that makes them close to us and someone with whom to identify.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 14 April 2014
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I highly recommend Ozu's early silent movies to anyone who likes film, especially Japanese film. Ozu has a a beautiful observation of everyday-ness, it's a lovely window into pre-war Japan. Gentle comedy and a sweet humanity. This DVD arrived on my doorstep much sooner than I expected, prompt and well packaged. Good service.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Silent Pleasures, 3 Mar 2014
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Four films, all silent, one from 1929, and the other three from the early 1930s, these are valuable records of Japan as it looked back in these days, when Western encroachment was already evident, and is subtly evidenced by Ozu here, against the background of Japanese student life, in and out of college.
It can be a bit tedious, alas, in parts, as the quality of the film, is variable, and this affects the clarity of the sub-titles at times ; moreover, the progress of the action can be at times very slow, unnecessarily so.
Best viewed just one film at a time.
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