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Title Ukigusa monogatari = A story of floating weeds / a Shochiku film ; screenplay by Tadao Ikeda ; directed by Yasujiro Ozu. Ukigusa = Floating weeds / produced by Masaichi Nagata ; screenplay by Yasujiro Ozu, Kogo Noda ; directed by Yasujiro Ozu ; Daiei Co.

Published [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2004]


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Physical description 2 videodiscs (86 minutes; 119 min.) : sound, black and white and colour ; 4 3/4 in.
Series Criterion collection ; 232.
Classic collection.
Criterion collection ; 232.
Classic collection (Chicago, Ill.)
Notes Colour recording system: NTSC.
Encoded for use on Region 4 players only.
Includes the original 1934, black & white, silent film "A Story of Floating Weeds" and the 1959 color remake "Floating Weeds."
Based on a story by Jēmusu Maki.
Features: Disc 1: new score by Donald Sosin, audio commentary by Donald Richie. Disc 2: original theatrical trailer, audio commentary by Roger Ebert.
Credits from English subtitles.
Contents Story of floating weeds / Janus Films ; a Shochiku film ; screenplay by Tadao Ikeda ; directed by Yasujiro Ozu. (86 min.) -- Floating weeds / Janus Films ; produced by Masaichi Nagata ; screenplay by Yasujiro Ozu, Kogo Noda ; directed by Yasujiro Ozu. (119 min.)
Credits 1st work: Photographed by Hideo Mohara ; optional new score by David Sosin. 2nd work: Photography by Kazuo Miyagwa ; editing, Toyo Suzuki ; music, Kojun Saito.
Performers 1st work: Takeshi Sakamoto, Choko Iida, Hideo Mitsui, Rieko Yagumo, Yoshiko Tsubouchi, Tokkan-Kozo. 2nd work: Ganjiro Nakamura, Machiko Kyo, Ayako Wakao.
Summary In 1959, Yasujiro Ozu remade his 1934 silent film: A Story of Floating Weeds in color and sound with the cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu). Setting his later version in a seaside location, Ozu otherwise preserves the details of his elegantly simple plot wherein an aging actor returns to a small town with his troupe and reunities with his former lover and illegitimate son, a scenario that enrages his current mistress and results in heartbreak for all. A Story of Floating Weeds reveals Ozu in the midst of developing his mode of expression; Floating weeds reveals his distinct style at its pinnacle. In each, the director captures the joy and sadness in everyday life.
System notes DVD.
Language notes A story of floating weeds: silent film with Japanese intertitles, optional English subtitles and score. Floating weeds: Japanese dialogue with optional English subtitles.
Other author Sakamoto, Takeshi.
Ozu, Yasujirō, 1903-1963.
Noda, Kōgo, 1893-1968.
Nakamura, Ganjirō, 1902-1983.
Wakao, Ayako, 1933-
Iida, Choko, 1897-1972.
Mitsui, Kōji.
Tsubouchi, Yoshiko, 1915-1985.
Yagumo, Rieko.
Kyō, Machiko, 1924-2019.
Shōchiku Kabushiki Kaisha.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Daiē, Kabushiki Kaisha.
Subject Entertainers -- Japan -- Drama.
Japan -- Social life and customs -- Drama.
Variant Title Story of floating weeds.
Other title Floating weeds.
Standard Number 037429181928
ISBN 0780027051
Publisher Number FLO060 Criterion Collection