Days of Youth

Days of Youth ★★★

Ozu’s earliest surviving film is a student comedy which reflects Ozu’s personal love to American cinema (from direct reference of Frank Borzage‘s film poster to a Harold-Lloyd-like character), it also shares some iconic still landscape/establishing shots (those smoking chimneys!) that would become idiosyncratic in Ozu’s later works. Story-wise it has its charm, though the visual gags are nothing substantially memorable. The ending is surprisingly blunt when the preceding film feels like a rom-com, which I absolutely adore as it presages Ozu’s later more refined realistic viewpoint. “Life is a disappointment, isn’t it?”

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