Review of Passing Fancy (1933)

Ozu Yasujirō (director).

Seen in 2014.

A step up from Ozu’s very early lowbrow comedies, but an uneasy combination of that genre and Ozu’s later social awareness. The character of Kihachi, though he complains of the disadvantage of poverty, is ultimately shown as an impulsive buffoon. The opening scene (the dance of the wallet) is the best part.

fiction Japanese production moving picture