Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Toho, 1957
Directed by Yasuki Chiba
Cinematography by Rokuro Nishigaki
Based on the novel by Fumiko Hayashi
Music by Akira Ifukube
Isuzu Yamada, Toshiro Mifune, Keiko Awaji

A message to Japanese readers


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Analysis of "There Was A Father", Epilogue

The original script for Ozu's "The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice" was written and submitted to Censorship Board in 1939. The script was rejected, and Shochiku had to shelve it with no prospect for the production. The story concerns the man of humble origin but hard-working and his spoiled wife from rich family. The husband is too serious and boring for her taste, so the wife goes on spending spree and expensive trips. But the husband receives the draft notice, which upsets her. She realizes that her husband is quite a remarkable person, being calm when facing such a life-turning event. They quietly enjoys the last meal of "Ochazuke (Green Tea over Rice)" the night before his joining army. The reason for the rejection was often said that "Ochazuke" is too depressing meal for a Japanese man going to the war. But it was more likely that the description of wife's decadent behavior is unacceptable even if she realizes her wrongs in the end.

Analysis of "There Was A Father", Equalization

These days, most of us use modern digital technologies, ranging from cell phones, digital camera, GPS to Internet apps like Facebook or Twitter. Digital technologies has revolutionized how we interact with information, how we communicate and how we manipulate and store the data. Anyone who has a digital camera (and many of you probably own more than one) must have tinkered with image processing tools. Some of you did enhancement or text insert with one of those bundled software. Or may have used Photoshop or GIMP to give it more professional look. In any case, the processing techniques once limited to professional circles are now available to us with a few clicks.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Analysis of "There Was A Father", Bright/dark sequences

Bright sequences in "There Was A Father" are;

The field trip in Hakone, Scene 0397, B=0.4403
The father and the son visiting the castle ruin, Scene 0982, B=0.4372
The father and the son fishing in the river, Scene 1401, B=0.4731
The building of the father's office, Scene 2009, B=0.4114
Schoolboys sitting on the bridge, Scene 2436, B=0.4445
The father's last words, Scene 4764, B=0.3914

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