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Essential Art House: Floating Weeds [Criterion Collection] ()

directed by Yasujiro Ozu
featuring Koji Mitsui, Mutsuko Sakura, Haruo Tanaka, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Machiko Kyo, Ganjiro Nakamura, Haruko Sugimura

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Essential Art House: Floating Weeds [Criterion Collection] - Yasujiro Ozu
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This 1959 Ozu production centers on the likable but fallible leader of an itinerant acting troupe ("floating weeds" being the Japanese name for such groups), Kimajuro, played brilliantly by Ganjiro Nakamura. The film opens on a lazy, stagnant river as the troupe lays spread about on a boat deck drifting downstream. It's obvious that they're a ragged bunch as they sit fanning themselves and smoking on deck. The boat pulls into a quiet fishing village where the troupe proceeds to canvass the town, hanging up posters and ...