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DAYS OF YOUTH

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DAYS OF YOUTH

学生ロマンス 若き日

(1929) Ozu’s eighth film is his earliest surviving work, as goofball collegians hang out a “room to rent” sign to meet girls, then go off on a skiing vacation as they sweat out “exam hell.” Approx. 103 min. 35mm.

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"In many respects Days of Youth is not a typical Japanese film. Its immediate debts are clearly to Lloyd and Lubitsch, and the structural rigor of the plot and style put it far closer to the Hollywood comedy of the mid-1920s than to the somewhat undisciplined Japanese film of its period. Already Ozu is a considerably more fastidious and rigorous a filmmaker than most of his contemporaries."
– David Bordwell, Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema