- 8:00 ONLY
$7 Member $12.50 Regular
FEATURING LIVE BENSHI ICHIRO KATAOKA
CO-PRESENTED BY THE JAPAN FOUNDATION
Limited tickets available at box office only.
(1933, Yasujiro Ozu) A day laborer’s relationship with son Tokkankozo (child star of Ozu’s I Was Born But..., etc.) is complicated by his crush on a younger woman. “A subtle and beautiful film” (Donald Richie) and Ozu’s second consecutive Kinema Jumpo “Best One” award — Japan’s Best Picture Oscar equivalent. Japanese silent films were always narrated in person by a live benshi — often more popular than the films themselves — a tradition carried on tonight by modern master Ichiro Kataoka, who will be accompanied by pianist Makia Matsumura. Approx. 120 min.
“A MASTERPIECE! Opens with one of the funniest stretches of slapstick Ozu ever filmed, though the remainder is colored by Chaplinesque pathos. As the loving and lovable father, Sakamoto creates one of the most complex characters in Japanese cinema, and Kozo (who played the younger brother in I Was Born, But...) isn't far behind. The milieu they inhabit is perfectly realized, making this a pinnacle in Ozu's career.”
– Jonathan Rosenbaum