Days of Youth

Days of Youth ★★★★½

This certainly turned out to be a pleasant surprise. It's very much a comedy in the Chaplin/Keaton/Lloyd vein. The oldest surviving Ozu film (at least as far as I know), it tells a story of two friends from a university who vie for the attention of the same girl during a skiing trip. Though there's comedy here, it's not devoid of melancholy. Especially fascinating to me was the presence of elements Ozu later became known for: the use of objects, the pillow-shots, the phallic symbolism, the abstractness of life. And Ozu's love for Hollywood is no less intriguing. I loved the poster of Seventh Heaven in the room of one of the students. Truly a charming film that deserves to be better known.