- 2 DVDs (86 min.; 119 min.) : sd., b&w and col. ; 4 3/4 in.
- Additional Authors
- Iida, Chōko,Kyō, Machiko,Mitsui, Hideo.Nakamura, Ganjirō,Noda, Kōgo,Ozu, Yasujirō,Sakamoto, Takeshi.Tsubouchi, Yoshiko,Wakao, Ayako,Yagumo, Rieko.
- Corporate Author
- Criterion Collection (Firm)Daiē Kabushiki Kaisha.Shōchiku Kabushiki Kaisha.
- 1st work: Photographed by Hideo Mohara ; optional new score by David Sosin. 2nd work: Photography by Kazuo Miyagwa ; editing, Toyo Suzuki ; music, Kojun Saito.1st work: Takeshi Sakamoto, Choko Iida, Hideo Mitsui, Rieko Yagumo, Yoshiko Tsubouchi, Tokkan-Kozo. 2nd work: Ganjiro Nakamura, Machiko Kyo, Ayako Wakao.A story of floating weeds: silent film with Japanese intertitles, optional English subtitles and score. Floating weeds: Japanese dialogue with optional English subtitles.Based on a story by Jēmusu Maki.Colour recording system: NTSC.Credits from English subtitles.Encoded for use on Region 4 players only.Features: Disc 1: new score by Donald Sosin, audio commentary by Donald Richie. Disc 2: original theatrical trailer, audio commentary by Roger Ebert.Includes the original 1934, black & white, silent film "A Story of Floating Weeds" and the 1959 color remake "Floating Weeds."Story of floating weeds / Janus Films ; a Shochiku film ; screenplay by Tadao Ikeda ; directed by Yasujiro Ozu. (86 min.) -- Floating weeds / Janus Films ; produced by Masaichi Nagata ; screenplay by Yasujiro Ozu, Kogo Noda ; directed by Yasujiro Ozu. (119 min.).Summary: In 1959, Yasujiro Ozu remade his 1934 silent film: A Story of Floating Weeds in color and sound with the cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu). Setting his later version in a seaside location, Ozu otherwise preserves the details of his elegantly simple plot wherein an aging actor returns to a small town with his troupe and reunities with his former lover and illegitimate son, a scenario that enrages his current mistress and results in heartbreak for all. A Story of Floating Weeds reveals Ozu in the midst of developing his mode of expression; Floating weeds reveals his distinct style at its pinnacle. In each, the director captures the joy and sadness in everyday life.