I liked the ridiculous humour in this movie.
Trust Ozu to use the family unit to teach us a lesson about the importance of effective communication, and how television fits into such a concept. A situation comedy of sorts, with maybe a few too many characters - something, oddly enough, you might expect to see on...television. A pleasant addition to the Ozu repertoire, with subplots about retirement and intestinal difficulties.
This was an interesting commentary on the similarities between our cultures.
It was a bit slow by today's standards but had a lot of charm.
I was intrigued by the salesman who tries to "force a sale" and the seemingly innocent wife who, when the children are misbehaving, says they take after their father. And the grandmother who can't believe how lousy her mean daughter turned out.
Dark psychologies are visible despite the seeming suburban innocence of the plot.
Farting and crapping in your pants included. Very interesting film.
It is a 1959 comedy film by Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu (小津安二郎).
It is a loose remake of his own 1932 silent film "I Was Born, But...."
This film made me nostalgic because my father bought a TV set in 1959.
The late 1950s is the start of the prosperity of Japan.
The Imperial Regalia of Japan (三種の神器, also known as the Three Sacred Treasures of Japan) consist of the sword Kusanagi (草薙劍), the mirror Yata no Kagami (八咫鏡), and the jewel Yasakani no Magatama (八尺瓊曲玉).
At the time, therefore, the Japanese coined the word: "the Three Domestic Treasures of Japan": that is, a washing machine, a refrigerator and a TV set.
The Japanese worked hard to be able to buy those three appliances.
As a result, Japan has become one of the economic powers.
I was surprised by how good this was and how hilarious! Kind of a sitcom or cartoon brand of humor, but has some realistic scenes as well.
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