Nagaya shinshiroku (Record of a Tenement Gentleman)
Nagaya shinshiroku (Record of a Tenement Gentleman) (1947)

In this classic shomin-geki ("story of middle-class life"), Ozu relates the slightly comic tale of a boy abandoned by his parents in postwar Japan. After his desertion, the little boy is discovered by a "tenement… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1947
DVD Release Date: August 22, 1995
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Tim Purtell
Entertainment Weekly

[The film] may be slow-moving by Hollywood standards, but Record of a Tenement Gentleman rewards patience with rich sentiment that's never mawkish.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A warm comedy of life in postwar Japan, warm in the way only Yasujiro Ozu's cold and formal style can be.

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TV Guide

Thanks to Ozu's sympathetic direction, his deep understanding of human behavior, and the surprising amount of comedy, it's both moving and very funny.

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Tom Charity
Time Out

This is Ozu in optimistic mood, which is not to say that loss and resignation don't figure in large part (no film-maker ever had a surer grasp of the melancholy of everyday things), just that here the generosity of spirit seems irresistible.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Gently moving account of a lost little boy and the people he meets shows Ozu's visual creativity.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A simple warmhearted comedy tale about the human condition.

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Joan Mellen
New York Times

Curtain after curtain is lifted as this formidable film exposes a Japan unknown to most.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Cleverly using camera angles to create a sense of place and parallel motifs to unify the action, Ozu reveals his directorial genius, which is confirmed by his light handling of his splendid ensemble cast.

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Matt McAllister
Future Movies UK

What could have been a trite, mawkish tale in lesser hands is moulded into a typically moving human drama by the great Yasujiro Ozu.

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