Video Review

Record of a Tenement Gentleman

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; Genres: Drama, Foreign Language, Romance; With: Chisu Ryo and Choko Iida

Viewing a film by the late Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu can be a bit like watching water boil. This rarely seen postwar effort, about a crotchety widow (Iida) who discovers maternal love when she reluctantly takes in an abandoned boy, may be slow-moving by Hollywood standards, but Record of a Tenement Gentleman rewards patience with rich sentiment that's never mawkish. It's a must for Ozu fans as well as the uninitiated, though it should be noted that the source print is slightly marred by occasional audio static. B

Originally posted Aug 25, 1995 Published in issue #289-290 Aug 25, 1995 Order article reprints

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