Higanbana

彼岸花 - Higanbana

Equinox flower

DVD - 2007 | Japanese
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A stubborn businessman, who disapproves of his daughter's fiance, must learn to embrace modern romance.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, 2007
ISBN: 9781934121610
1934121614
Branch Call Number: JAPANESE DVD HIGANBA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Equinox flower

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Nursebob
Sep 09, 2015

There is not much here that Yasujirô Ozu hasn’t covered before as he once again examines Japan’s post WWII crisis of identity with timeworn customs slowly losing ground to all things Western, from clothes and music to female empowerment—but he does so with such finesse that it is worth watching all over again. Although this was only his first colour film he still manages to frame each scene with the eye of a painter: a cherry red kettle rests against a paper screen; a vase of flowers sits before a darkened window; and a gentle breeze stirs a line of drying laundry, their primary colours in harmony with the pale sky above. A master of light and composition, Ozu’s interiors are all squares and rectangles with doorways and bamboo panels drawing our attention to the unfolding drama within while his exterior shots of hard-edged skyscrapers and yielding trees provide fitting metaphors for father and daughter. Never one for melodrama, Ozu realizes that age must eventually give way to youth and this is highlighted by two standout images which remain with you throughout the final credits: a comfy chair beckons from the end of a sun-dappled hallway and a puffing train (one of his signature tropes) speeds towards a heartfelt reconciliation. This is what art looks like.

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akirakato
Aug 12, 2013

This is a 1958 melodrama directed by Yasujirō Ozu (小津安二郎), based on a novel by Ton Satomi (里見弴). A stubborn old-fashioned executive of a big firm is worried about his own daughter's marriage. Despite his worry, she has her own idea and plan of her own marriage and has a boyfriend whom she wants to marry. Without her knowing, however, her boyfriend contacts her father for permission. From now on, things goes from worse to worst. The father gets mad because her daughter hasn't talked about the fiance at all. This is againt the old Japanese tradition. Aftre all the quarrels and arguments, the father has to accept the younger generation's modern way of marriage. It is quite interesting to know the Japanese marriage convention in the late 1950s. Although the film won the 1958 Blue Ribbon Award for Fujiko Yamamoto(山本富士子)'s performance as Best Actress, I think that Ineko Arima(有馬稲子)'s acting is much better than Yamamoto's.

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