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Equinox Flower on Blu Ray,
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This review is from: Equinox Flower + There Was a Father [DVD + Blu-ray] (DVD)
Equinox Flower is (1958) one of Yasujiro Ozu's later films. Several of the actors are old-time Ozu collaborators, especially Chishu Ryu (here in a minor role). The themes are typical for Ozu: the problem of marrying away daughters (or not marry them away) is in the centre, as well as relations between generations and the influence of Western culture. Shin Saburi plays the father (Hirayama) who talks positively about modern values and choosing who to marry, but who cannot accept that his daughter wants to marry someone of her own will instead of letting the parents arrange it, or at least consult them. Chishu Ryu plays Hirayama's friend, whose daughter has run away with her boyfriend instead of fighting dad, and Hirayama tries to help. As usual in Ozu, the older generation has to accept that time is changing. Ozu's films are both moving and entertaining and he manages to get the viewer to care for all the characters, even the stubborn Hirayama.
Included in the Bfi-package is also an earlier (1942) Ozu film: There was a Father. Here Chishu Ryu (who plays a minor part in Equinox Flower) plays a father who wants his son to have a good education. Interestingly enough, Shin Saburi (who plays Hirayama in Equinox Flower) here plays a minor part as a student.
Equinox Flower was Ozu's first film in colour. Watching this on Blu Ray is of course fantastic with incredible details and subtle colors. The picture and sound of the extra film, There was a Father, is more problematic with lots of scratches and noise. But I wasn't very disturbed by this as the film is captivating enough. Highly recommended, especially if you're into japanese cinema.