Floating Weeds (Ukikusa)

  • Dir: Ozu Yasujiro

  • Japan, 1959, Japanese, 119min, DCP, English subtitles

  • Cast: Nakamura Ganjiro, Kyo Machiko, Wakao Ayako, Kawaguchi Hiroshi

“In Floating Weeds , Ozu had evoked his most splendid colors… The first kiss in the back alley is draped with a shower of shredded paper, like drifting snow, and falling petals. He captured the agitation of youthful passion with a static shot… The troupe master is serenely sipping sake in the tiny sitting room of the restaurant’s lady owner. A blazing bloom of red outside is framed by the large window. But loneliness slips in, as in all of Ozu’s films. The red blossoms may rage all they might, loneliness is still a stubbornly loyal companion.” – Dreamy Talks I



1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till one hour prior to respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

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