|Yasujiro Ozu's family comedies and dramas speak eloquently to audiences around the world. In this biting comedy, Ozu exposes the hypocrisy of the adult world. When a father (Chrishu Ryu, Tokyo Story) refuses to buy a television set for his sons, the two small boys take a vow of silence, refusing even to say "good morning" to a neighbor. Soon the gossipy apartment complex where they live is in an uproar--the boys' mother must be holding a grudge against her neighbors! Written by Ozu and longtime collaborator Kogo Noda, this witty film makes keen observations about communication and familial relationships. The charming performances of the young leads and a cast of Ozu regulars make it a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
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