In 1959, Yasujiro Ozu remade his 1934 silent classic _A Story of Floating Weeds_ in color with the celebrated cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (_Rashomon, Ugetsu_). Setting his later version in a seaside location, Ozu otherwise preserves the details of his elegantly simple plot wherein an aging actor returns to a small town with his troupe and reunites with his former lover and illegitimate son, a scenario that enrages his current mistress and results in heartbreak for all. Together, the films offer a unique glimpse into the evolution of one of cinema's greatest directors. _A Story of Floating Weeds_ reveals Ozu in the midst of developing his mode of expression; _Floating Weeds_ reveals his distinct style at its pinnacle. In each, the director captures the joy and sadness in everyday life.
Join Janus Films in 2018 as we celebrate the centennial of the Swedish director’s birth with a traveling retrospective of all of his theatrical films!