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Good Morning(お早よう)

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Japan · 1959
1h 34m
Director Yasujirō Ozu
Starring Keiji Sada, Yoshiko Kuga, Chishū Ryū, Kuniko Miyake
Genre Comedy, Family, Drama

Two young boys stop speaking in protest after their parents refuse to buy a television set. Set in a suburb of Tokyo where housewives gossip about the neighbors’ new washing machine and unemployed husbands look for work as door-to-door salesmen, this charming comedy refashions Ozu’s own silent classic I Was Born, But . . . to gently satirize consumerism in postwar Japan.

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What are people saying?

Meagen Tajalle Profile picture for Meagen Tajalle

It's a delight to watch Ozu's frequent collaborators in an ensemble film, and the young actors playing the two boys are excellent. This film is lighter than other Ozu films, and it approaches intergenerational conflicts and differences with humor rather than seriousness.

Kenny Nixon Profile picture for Kenny Nixon

the most adorable movie that has as many fart jokes as an Adam Sandler joint

What are critics saying?


Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

This profound film reveals that nothing is below the purview of existential contemplation, even all matters of flatulence, and words as simple as “Good morning” are revealed to contain fathomless multitudes.


Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum

Devoted to both the profound necessity and the sublime silliness of gratuitous social interchange, OHAYO is a rather subtler and grander work than might appear at first.


The A.V. Club by Keith Phipps

A knowing comedy, Good Morning isn't one of Ozu's indisputable masterpieces, but it serves as a fine example of everything he does well.


Chicago Tribune by Michael Wilmington

Ozu's informal '50s-set remake of "I Was Born, But . . . ." Not as lyrical as its model, but just as penetrating, this one, made in bright colors and flat surfaces that suggest the era's television dramas, has another obstreperous brother-combo who stage gas-expelling contests and wage a war to get, coincidentally, a family TV. [25 Nov 2005, p.C4]

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