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2,431 Ratings

Good Morning

お早よう | Ohayō

Directed by Yasujirô Ozu
Japan, 1959
Comedy, Drama

Synopsis

Ozu’s Technicolor reworking of his silent I Was Born, But . . . , Good Morning is the story of two young boys in suburban Tokyo who take a vow of silence after their parents refuse to buy them a television set.

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Good Morning Directed by Yasujirô Ozu
Watching it again a few weeks ago, I realized that on the first go I had absorbed almost none of the plot. Only on second viewing did I remember anything—and then only because I recognized the speech patterns of a certain character, a grandfather who comes with his wife to visit his children. His verbal tics brought not just the plot but the film’s patient and peculiar beauty back to me in a rush.
July 19, 2017
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In Good Morning, Ozu is always showing us the entire film simultaneously: This is a rigorously controlled, structured, and theoretical work that also resounds with the warm and spontaneous vitality of life—a seemingly paradoxical achievement that exists as a peak of cinematic artistry.
May 25, 2017
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Devoted to both the profound necessity and the sublime silliness of social interchange, Good Morning is therefore much subtler and grander than it might initially appear to be. Commonly identified as a remake of Ozu’s silent 1932 masterpiece I Was Born, But . . ., also included in this release, it is even more interesting for its differences with that film than for its similarities—above all, the difference between what a father’s authority meant in prewar versus postwar Japan.
May 15, 2017
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