Equinox Flower (1958)

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    Rating: 8.0/10 542 votes
    Runtime: 118 min
    Language: Japanese
    Country: Japan
    Color: Color

    Director: Yasujiro Ozu
    Shin Saburi ... Wataru Hirayama
    Kinuyo Tanaka ... Kiyoko Hirayama
    Ineko Arima ... Setsuko Hirayama
    Yoshiko Kuga ... Fumiko Mikami
    Keiji Sada ... Masahiko Taniguchi
    Teiji Takahashi ... Shotaru Kondo
    Miyuki Kuwano ... Hisako Hirayama
    Chishu Ryu ... Shukichi Mikami
    Chieko Naniwa ... Hatsu Sasaki

    Description: Equinox Flower was Ozu's first colour film and concerns itself with one of his favourite themes – the family and it's discontents. The film is set during a time when arranged marriages were being challenged in Japan and it pits the emerging youth of the country, full of post war freedom and optimism, against their traditional parents who are finding it difficult to let go of their customs and ultimately their children.

    In a broader sense, Equinox Flower, also offers an insight into the fast socio-cultural changes in post-war Japan as it becomes more influenced by capitalism and Western culture. Scenes are often interspersed with images of industrial development and progress mixed with more traditional scenes of mountain ranges, the countryside and churches. It's also worth noting that, throughout the film, it is largely the women that are seen as the advocates of change, trying to find greater equality in a patriarchal society. The men, in comparison, are seen as passive and confused. Japan itself is going through a struggle, a process of change that tries to balance the traditional against the modern.

    Stylistically, Ozu's cinema is remarkable for those willing to give it a chance. All his trademarks are here – zero camera movement, single character shots and evocative editing techniques. His unwillingness to ever let the camera move allows him to frame scenes as if they were photographs or paintings where the characters then suddenly come to life. His use of colour, here for the first time, is accomplished to say the least. Combine that with some wonderful sets and scenery and at times you could be forgiven for thinking you're watching an old MGM musical. Most remarkable of all, though, are Ozu's trademark tatami-level shots. Using a special camera dolly to simulate the three foot height of the average person kneeling or sitting on a tatami pad, Ozu creates a way of seeing the world that is specifically Japanese, specifically Ozu. The style is so unique and effective that it's difficult to imagine films being directed any other way.

    Size: 693 MB
    Video: XVID 512x384 23.98fps 729Kbps
    Audio: MPEG Audio Layer 3 48000Hz mono 81Kbps

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