Floating Weeds (Ukigusa)
Floating Weeds (Ukigusa) (1959)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 17, 1959
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Floating Weeds boasts the visual beauty and deep tenderness of director Yasujiro Ozu's most memorable films -- and it's one of the few the master shot in color.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

His spare, slow-moving films are not for all tastes, but once the rhythms are accepted, Ozu's work offers a unique emotional experience.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

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.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

Ozu is, however, very special in his technique, which by the end of his career, had become very modest, lucid and lovely.

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Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

An exemplar of a career and an aesthetic universe that's extraordinary even in much weaker films than this one.

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Peter Bradshaw

Ozu's familiar combination of melancholy regret and buoyant comic gaiety is beguilingly in evidence.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Josh Larsen

...there isn't a detail in Floating Weeds that isn't meant to be carefully seen.

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Tom Dawson
Total Film

A thoroughly absorbing affair.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
a rare remake of a film directed by the same auter of the original, ozu retells his silent 1934 classic with the use of sound, dialogue, and color… More
Daniel Dolgin
Well this is my introduction to Ozu and it's a highly overrated one. I mean to long indulged film offered me nothing. One beautiful camera shot in the rain… More
Jennifer Xu
Maybe I just don't like Japanese films, but this is overrated to the hilt. The story is average and the cinematography isn't as cathartic as most… More
Tim Sigur
I love the way this movie is shot. Simple story told beautifully. The kid in this film gives the best performance.