<p>another library find/the criterion collection is "Tokyo Story"
as you can see, if wikiipedia got link in English for just one film, it must mean something.
and it does to all those foreign film makers and wannabes.
it is 1950s, not exactly how Japanese now live; house, environment, clothes etc but basic mentality is the same-sh, at least close to how we boomers x-ers grew up. I don't know nowadays, lots have happened.</p>
<p>I piled DVDs on the table and left them there as I did not expected he'd be interested, but my kid saw it before I did and said, he cried (!!??) and wants to go to Japan (he had never been) wow....
I've only seen bits and pieces before, because this is something art students should know when I was at school, but I never really gotten it. so is Kurosawa, so is Imamura, all those old Japanese things.
now that I am a parent, am getting old, lived in foreign country long enough, seeing this old-old Japan in black and white did something to me.
like, I did laundry at crowded laundromat as I do every weekends. I would usually stuff everything hurriedly into my IKEA bag (THE perfect laundromat bag, if you need one) and leave ASAP. Folding tables are usually taken and chaotic with so many people around.
today, I folded my face towels, corner to corner, neatly, taking time, on my knees as I sat on the bench. If there were tatami-mat, I would have sat on it on my legs just like Setsuko Hara (Japanese Bergman or Grace Kelly, maybe)
Now I do see that why those big named director admire Ozu.
Thanks NYPL, and pretentious Criterion Collection for make it easily available.</p>