A Story of Floating Weeds / Floating Weeds: Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu

A Story of Floating Weeds / Floating Weeds: Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu

In 1959, Yasujiro Ozu remade his 1934 silent classic A Story of Floating Weeds in color with celebrated cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa. 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 their 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 finds 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 of everyday life.

Film Info

  • Spine #232

Films In This Set

Special Features

  • 4K digital master of Floating Weeds, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack (Blu-ray); high-definition digital transfer of Floating Weeds (DVD)
  • High-definition digital master of A Story of Floating Weeds, featuring a score by composer Donald Sosin, presented in 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary for A Story of Floating Weeds by Japanese-film historian Donald Richie and for Floating Weeds by film critic Roger Ebert
  • Trailer
  • English subtitle translation by Richie for Floating Weeds
  • PLUS: An essay by Richie

    Covers by Lucien S. Y. Yang

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Films In This Set

A Story of Floating Weeds / Floating Weeds: Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu

Special Features

  • 4K digital master of Floating Weeds, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack (Blu-ray); high-definition digital transfer of Floating Weeds (DVD)
  • High-definition digital master of A Story of Floating Weeds, featuring a score by composer Donald Sosin, presented in 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary for A Story of Floating Weeds by Japanese-film historian Donald Richie and for Floating Weeds by film critic Roger Ebert
  • Trailer
  • English subtitle translation by Richie for Floating Weeds
  • PLUS: An essay by Richie

    Covers by Lucien S. Y. Yang