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Equinox Flower / There Was A Father

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Ozu branches in to colour in the first of this impressive double feature

There Was A Father review

Another welcome Ozu pairing from the BFI.

Equinox Flower was his first in colour, an ironic comedy about inter-generational conflict. In it, a father objects to his daughter’s fiancé but she outwits him at every turn.

In There Was A Father, a dad lectures his son on selflessness and duty. Japan’s authoritarian wartime ethos casts a heavy shadow.

This is the version censored by the post-war US authorities, so the original was probably even more sententious...

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