Floating Weeds (Ukigusa)
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This 1959 Ozu production centers on the likable but fallible leader of an itinerant acting troupe ("floating weeds" being the Japanese name for such groups), Kimajuro, played brilliantly by Ganjiro Nakamura. The film opens on a lazy, stagnant river as the troupe lays spread about on a boat deck drifting downstream. It's obvious that they're a ragged bunch as they sit fanning themselves and smoking on deck. The boat pulls into a quiet fishing village where the troupe proceeds to canvass the town, hanging up posters and performing impromptu stunts for the inhabitants. Kimajuro… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The sheer beauty of Ozu's exquisite (and typically eccentric) compositions and the expressive use of sound tell all you need know about the characters, their emotions and relationships."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"His spare, slow-moving films are not for all tastes, but once the rhythms are accepted, Ozu's work offers a unique emotional experience."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Ozu's familiar combination of melancholy regret and buoyant comic gaiety is beguilingly in evidence."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A variation on the theme of the family that pervades nearly all Ozu's pictures."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Like all of Ozu's work, it's incredibly human, and that can be a rarity in the artificial world of the cinema."
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"Ozu is, however, very special in his technique, which by the end of his career, had become very modest, lucid and lovely."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"...there isn't a detail in Floating Weeds that isn't meant to be carefully seen."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"A thoroughly absorbing affair."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"It's slow, slightly old fashioned, and one of Ozu's weaker works, but even in one of his lesser works there's still much to marvel at and appreciate."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Provides endless pleasure."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Sooner or later, everyone who loves movies comes to Ozu. He is the quietest and gentlest of directors, the most humanistic, the most serene. But the emotions that flow through his films are strong and deep."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This is a vibrant movie, one of his few in colour, and touches on universal themes through the story of a middle-aged actor and his young mistress coming with a second-rate kabuki company to a small coastal town."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Yasujiro Ozu's film is in color, and the screen compositions are incredible."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"As with much of Ozu's ouevre, verges on the melodramatic, but shows just enough restraint to prevent descent into such syrupy realms"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Richly atmospheric, with its expressive use of colour, lyrical cutaways, and masterly interior compositions -- predominantly shot from Ozu's trademark low-level camera position -- impressively illustrating the director's visual artistry."
‑ Tom Dawson, BBC.com
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