Ohayo (Good Morning)
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Yasujiro Ozu's Ohayo (Good Morning) is a comedy about a pair of boys who bring much trouble to their family and community by refusing to do very basic activities. The boys desire a television, but their father refuses. They are so insistent that the father eventually commands them to be quiet. They take him quite literally and refuse to speak at all, not even a typical polite morning greeting. Their impoliteness begins to weigh down both the family and the town as it goes against the ordered social structure of Japanese culture. The film is a remake of Ozu's earlier 1932 silent film I… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Ozu's] sense of generational conflict in a society at risk from within is here at its sharpest and most anarchic."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Cozy but tepid."
‑ , New York Times
"Ozu's most charming foray into comedy since his silent days."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"This is all potentially interesting, to be sure, but the ideas are wrapped in a surprisingly innocuous package."
‑ Scott Renshaw, Apollo Guide
"This is a much more complex, ambiguous, and challenging film that most reduce it to."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"Perhaps the most delightful of Yasujiro Ozu's late comedies."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"As unpromising as all this may sound, Good Morning is another Ozu gem, a covertly sophisticated ensemble piece scripted with the intricacy and precision of a well-constructed Restoration comedy of manners."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Ozu's delicate, wry comedy of manners takes a sympathetic but not uncritical look at life and etiquette in a small 1950s Japanese village community."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"This may not be one of Ozu's most acclaimed works, yet its contemplative style and its qualities of humour, tenderness and absence of cynicism make for an absorbing film."
‑ , Film4
"An amusing joke on everyday civilized formalities and the sometimes inane nature of human communication, especially within families and between neighbors."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"A brimming sense of life, in other words, gradually transforms the small talk into a richly devious portrait of humanity being human."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"It's Ozu's simplest and most schematic film, a lighthearted comedy that is built around the motif of changing values from the old to the new."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"All hail Ozu."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"comparable in spirit to Fellini's Amarcord with its love of character, humor, and relentless fart jokes"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Enjoyable and light-hearted."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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