Ozu in Agfacolor: Equinox Flower in 35mm

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $5 • NEIU Students: $2


Tuesday, October 18 @ 7:30 PM
Directed by Yasujirō Ozu • 1958
In Japanese with English subtitles
A youthful and invigorating film from an aging master, Equinox Flower is Ozu in full bloom. In the face of great cultural changes in postwar Japan, aging father Hirayama fancies himself something of a progressive in his views on marriage. When his own daughter Setsuko makes marriage plans for herself, however, Hirayama instinctively declines to give his consent-leading to a series of confrontations in which Hirayama’s hypocrisy is challenged. Infused with a wry, mildly petulant, but ultimately good-natured sense of humor, Equinox Flower, like so many of Ozu’s late films, portrays the older generation as befuddled and struggling with their children’s growing agency and disinterest in filial duty. Shooting in color for the first time (on achingly gorgeous Agfacolor stock), Equinox Flower found Ozu becoming an increasingly bold formalist, enlivening his compositions with the lush green of vegetation, as seen in exterior location footage, and a red teapot that seems to be perpetually in use yet always finds itself placed in an evocative position. (CW)
118 min • Shochiku • 35mm from Janus
Film Stock: Kodak 2383 (2002)
Short: “Trains” (Caleb Deschanel, 1976) – 35mm – 15 min

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