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on 11 August 2012
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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on 3 March 2014
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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on 14 April 2014
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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on 13 January 2016
Excellent rare films. Early Ozu. Very telling. Footage of pre-war Tokyo and Japan. Haunting. Particularly of interest to students of cinema, Japanese culture/history, and Ozu.
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on 13 January 2016
Amazing collection of silents from 1929 Tokyo. Must-see for Ozu and cinema fans, and for students of Japan. Absolutely amazing footage of life in pre-war Japan, too.
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on 14 April 2015
Very enjoyable silent b/w-films from the 1930's, the humour of which is still of current interest
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on 1 October 2016
Wonderful early comedies that demonstrate the nascent themes of one of the great directors.
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