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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

Equinox Flower 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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