(aka 'Kaze no naka no mendori' or 'A Hen in the Wind')

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Japan 1948

 

  Made only a few years after World War Two this is an uncharacteristically harsh and savage expression compared to the usual standard of Ozu's placid melodramas.

 

With her husband away at the frontline battlefields dressmaker Tokiko (Kinuyo Tanaka) supports herself and young son, Hiroshi, as best she can. Opportunistic vendors inflate the cost of scarce goods making existence extremely difficult. To survive an emergency when Hiroshi becomes ill, Tokiko is forced into prostitution one night, in the local brothel, to pay for his required healthcare. Upon her husbands return home, she confesses the unfortunate truth, unaware that making him cognoscent of her independent act, brought on by desperation, may be savagely misconstrued. She is unprepared for the extent of his outburst.


Ozu's shots of barren empty rooms and the masterful elliptical approach to disguise and convey marital conflicts gives a further acceptance of the climatic scenes which lend themselves to recall the cinema of  Mikio Naruse. Corollaries to post-war Japan are evident but unnecessary for appreciation of this, another Ozu, masterpiece.

Gary W. Tooze

Theatrical Release: September 17th, 1948

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Distribution Panorama Entertainment - Region 3 - NTSC
Runtime 1:23:15 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.35 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, Chinese, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Panorama Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Directors Biography (text screens)
• Director's filmography (text screens)

• Collectable handbill with production notes (in English and Chinese)

DVD Release Date: September 14th, 2005

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Chapters: 12

 

 

Comments:

I don't suspect any manipulations (brightness boosting) to this Panorama image which is often as dark as the subject matter. There were the usual absentee gaps in dialogue translation but the essence of the film was not impinged upon. As with the other Panorama Ozu's this is not progressively transferred and in direct comparison to the rest I would put it on the top half technically. The film is another strong masterpiece by Ozu. I really thank Panorama for allowing us to see this film on DVD, regardless of the, now expected, weaknesses.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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