Twenty-five of the 33 surviving features by Yasujiro Ozu comprise the current retrospective of the brilliant Japanese filmmaker’s career at theÂ Gene Siskel Film Center.
So far, I’ve only seen the five available in four Criterion Collection DVD sets (Tokyo Story, Good Morning,Â Early SummerandÂ Stories of Floating Weeds, containingÂ The Story of Floating Weeds and its remake,Â Floating Weeds). Although, if I ever get over this wretched cold, I hope to see a few more at the Siskel Film Center in the coming weeks. Each film I’ve seen has been a touching portrait of a Japanese family (or families), beautifully told.
I encourage you to see any of them that you can, particularly those that are not available on DVD, since it may be the only chance you get for some time. But since I can only properly discuss those films I’ve seen, I’ll be touching onÂ Tokyo Story andÂ Good Morning in this column, to coincide with their upcoming screenings at the Siskel Film Center. Next month, I’ll talk aboutÂ The Story of Floating Weeds andÂ Early Summer, to more closely coincide with those films’ screenings.