Ozu’s “Ohayō!” (Good Morning), 1959

This film came out the year after Giants and Toys. Its director, OZU Yasujirō, is a legend in J-cinema, for his leisurely dramas about middle- and lower-middle-class city dwellers. In this film, 2 little boys go on strike and refuse to talk when their parents balk at buying them a TV set. The “idealized middle-class passivity” and naturalistic “real life” presentation are, in Michael Raine’s view (152), tendencies of J-cinema that Masumura worked against. Their neighborhood might be compared to Kyōko’s in Giants and Toys

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