Good Morning: Criterion Collection

July 31, 2017

From its whimsical score playing over the opening credits, Good Morning (1959) establishes a playful tone – something that was atypical of the work of Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu, known mostly for serious dramas like Tokyo Story (1953). Yet to dismiss... 

The Only Son/There Was a Father: Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu: Criterion Collection

July 13, 2010

By 1936, Yasujiro Ozu had directed 30 silent films. The Only Son (1936) was his first talkie – a business move on the part of the studio that had wanted the director to stop making silent films for years. Ozu created friction with the studio when he... 

The Bad Sleep Well

March 2, 2006

The Bad Sleep Well (1960) marked the debut of filmmaker Akira Kurosawa’s independent production company. He had grown tired of making samurai films for the studio and wanted to do something different. The subject matter of his new movie – corporate...