The film embodies Ozu’s signature style, which consists of seemingly slow-moving plot and humbly low camera placement. It’s widely considered his masterpiece, yet it rejects critical examination. It exists just as his characters do, wholly and unremarkably, and alive in the truest sense of the word. To scrutinize an Ozu film is, like poetry, to vitiate its essence; to ask “why?” is to miss the point completely.
May 06, 2016