Botanical Puzzle

This is part two of “Films of 1949” series. (Part 1 is here) “Crape Myrtle always brings bad luck.” Until I saw Kurosawa’s “Stray Dog”, I had never heard of Crape Myrtle being the omen of bad luck. This line occurs as a part of the audio montage during the …

Echoes

This is the first part of “Films of 1949” series. My father was only seven or eight years old when this incident took place. It was the year 1946, several months after the surrender of Japan. The nation was in shambles, people were scared of “invaders”, brutal enemies they had …

100 Million Idiots

Mondrian-like composition in “Ohayo (1959)” Over the cups of sake, Chishu Ryu and others in the Izakaya murmur “TV creates 100 million idiots”. Yes, TV will blow their intellect out of all Japanese brains. Somebody said that. Ozu’s “Ohayo” was released in 1959. TV culture was still at its early …