The Floating Weeds

The Floating Weeds

Director: Yasujiro Ozu Cast: Koji Mitsui, Mutsuko Sakura, Haruo Tanaka
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Overview

The Floating Weeds

This 1959 Ozu production centers on the likable but fallible leader of an itinerant acting troupe ("floating weeds" being the Japanese name for such groups), Kimajuro, played brilliantly by Ganjiro Nakamura. The film opens on a lazy, stagnant river as the troupe lays spread about on a boat deck drifting downstream. It's obvious that they're a ragged bunch as they sit fanning themselves and smoking on deck. The boat pulls into a quiet fishing village where the troupe proceeds to canvass the town, hanging up posters and performing impromptu stunts for the inhabitants. Kimajuro and his actress mistress, Sumiko (Machiko Kyo), head to the theatre and secure their cramped quarters above the theatre's main hall. Kimajuro leaves to pay a visit to a local saki bar owned by Oyoshi (Haruko Sugimura), who, years previous, had conceived a child with Kimajuro. The child has grown into a strapping young man, Kiyoshi (Hiroshi Kawaguchi), who has a good job at the post office. Kimajuro, although clearly proud of his son, has refused to take responsibility for the child and Kiyoshi thinks Kimajuro is merely his uncle. Unbeknownst to Kimajuro, Sumiko has discovered his secret, and, infuriated, hires a young actress to seduce Kiyoshi. Terrified that his son is falling for this woman of loose morals, Kimajuro has to decide what's most important: keeping his secret safe or saving his son by acknowledging his paternity. ~ Brian Whitener, All Movie Guide

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/2010
UPC: 0715515056410
Original Release: 1959
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:59:00

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Essental Art House: Floating Weeds
1. Credits [1:47]
2. The Troupe Returns [4:06]
3. Drumming Up Business [6:03]
4. Settling In [4:32]
5. A Visit to the Patron [7:42]
6. Opening Night [5:26]
7. Looking for Love [4:41]
8. Fishing [2:39]
9. The Mistress's Discovery [11:22]
10. Mother and Mistress Meet [7:26]
11. A Scheme is Hatched [2:56]
12. First Date [2:12]
13. Stranded [3:47]
14. Love Blossoms [2:58]
15. A Father's Anger [2:49]
16. No Credit [12:01]
17. Moving On [5:32]
18. Where's Kiyoshi? [7:21]
19. Father and Son [9:16]
20. Starting Over [8:38]
1. Color Bars [5:30]

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I was initially more interested in the music and visual aspect of this film than the actual story during the first half. Then my attention somehow shifted and I became aware of how real the characters were being portrayed throughout. I've now watched it about three times and find it very fascinating. There is a good love story in here with some very fine acting. Primary colors and rainfall are highlighted as well.