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on 27 July 2007
This is a neat concept: two movies in one box (two DVDs) -- one is the director's own remake of the other. The 1934 silent (!) version called A STORY OF FLOATING WEEDS. And the 1959 color-rich version entitled simply FLOATING WEEDS.

I wasn't fond of either film. If you're not familiar with Ozu, he was a Japanese auteur with gentle sensibilities, creating stories that barely emerge out of ordinariness. These two films have a bit more drama then usual for Ozu. They involve a traveling Kabuki troup who come to a town in which one of them has history. That's all I'll say about the plot.

However, I particularly want to recommend the film commentary by premiere American film critic Roger Ebert. It accompanies the newer film FLOATING WEEDS, and it is full of valuable insight into Ozu's movie making techniques as well as his background.

The commentary for the silent film is by Donald Ritchie who seems to speak Japanese and seems to be very knowledgeable about Japanese films and culture.

I gave 3 stars to the films and added another for the commentaries.

Of Ozu films, I liked LATE SPRING a lot. Other people consider TOKYO STORY his masterpiece. Both are B&W.
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