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Good Morning (1959)

Ohayô (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | February 1962 (USA)
Two boys begin a silence strike to press their parents into buying them a television set.


Yasujirô Ozu




Cast overview, first billed only:
Keiji Sada ... Heiichirô Fukui
Yoshiko Kuga ... Setsuko Arita
Chishû Ryû ... Keitarô Hayashi
Kuniko Miyake ... Tamiko Hayashi
Haruko Sugimura ... Kikue Haraguchi
Kôji Shitara ... Minoru Hayashi
Masahiko Shimazu Masahiko Shimazu ... Isamu Hayashi
Kyôko Izumi Kyôko Izumi ... Midori Maruyama
Toyo Takahashi ... Shige Ôkubo
Sadako Sawamura Sadako Sawamura ... Kayoko Fukui
Eijirô Tôno ... Tomizawa
Teruko Nagaoka ... Toyoko Tomizawa
Eiko Miyoshi ... Mitsue Haraguchi
Haruo Tanaka Haruo Tanaka ... Haraguchi
Akira Ôizumi Akira Ôizumi ... Akira Maruyama


This movie takes a look at a Westernized suburban area in Japan in the late '50s. It focuses mainly on the daily lives of a small community and the way its members interact. It also demonstrates the power of oral communication and the way in which small talk acts as a lubricant for our daily lives. Written by <PastaQueen2@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Family


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Japanese | English

Release Date:

February 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Yasujiro Ozu's Good Morning See more »

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Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #84. See more »


Kayoko Fukui: Important things are difficult to say.
Heiichirô Fukui: Whereas meaningless things are easy to say.
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Alternate Versions

The original American theatrical release prints were in black and white. See more »


Referenced in Battle Royale (2000) See more »

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A Funny and Extremely Serious Comedy
20 December 2005 | by thallinanSee all my reviews

For viewers who have seen only one or two of Ozu's statelier films -- say, "Tokyo Story" or "Equinox Flower" -- "Good Morning" will be a surprise. Two children take a vow of silence to coerce their parents into buying a television set: that's pretty much the whole plot. But what happens as a result affects almost every aspect of life in the nondescript, gossipy, elbow-to-elbow suburb in which the boys' family lives.

This is a comedy, and like all good comedies it's very serious. The boys' act of rebellion is very un-Japanese, and it threatens many of the politely ritualistic social behaviors that mask and deflect the tensions in Japanese society. Whole alliances among the village's women teeter and threaten to topple. The family's authority structure is upended, with the all-powerful father crumbling against the stubborn silence of two little boys.

What wins in the end is love -- or rather (Ozu must have found this particularly funny) love and television. The resolution will probably tear you up (it has brought moisture to the eyes of everyone I've seen it with) but it represents enormous changes in Japanese society -- the collapse of patriarchal authority, the invasion of foreign culture, and especially English-language culture, and the inexorable rise of that great leveler of aesthetics, television. Ozu saw the future, and he wasn't in it.

So naturally, he presents all this in a gentle, even sweet-natured comedy. There may be greater Ozu films, but it's hard to think of one I actually like more than "Good Morning."

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