Tokyo Chorus

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In Brief: Yasujiro Ozu may be best remembered as one of the Japanese cinema's pre-eminent social realists, but his early career wasn't always so serious. Tokyo Chorus (1931) shows a lighter side of Ozu, already establishing his visual tone and narrative tendencies despite having made his directorial debut only four years prior. Clearly influenced by Ozu's self-professed love of Lubitsch, this light comedy marks a significant turning point in Ozu's career, with the focus on his protagonist's struggle with unemployment foreshadowing the director's later, heavier themes. It's a fun film, rendered more interesting by what it suggests for the Ozu that would emerge in subsequent films.
Genre: Comedy
Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Starring: Tokihiko Okada, Emiko Yagumo , Hideo Sugawara, Hideko Takamine, Tatsuo Saito
Rated: NR

Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Tokyo Chorus on Friday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. at Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, 2160 U.S. 70, Swannanoa.


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