Watch This: Japanese master Yasujirô Ozu got his start with… campus comedies?
One week a month, Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: School’s out for summer. Celebrate the end of a semester (or just the release of Neighbors 2) with these unconventional campus comedies.
Where Now Are The Dreams Of Youth? (1932)
To what extent did the movies of Yasujirô Ozu constitute an alternate fantasy life? The Japanese master produced some of the 20th century’s most indelible portraits of aging, parenthood, and middle-class family life, but he never married or had children or even managed to get all that old, having spent almost his entire adult life as a film director, dying of cancer on his 60th birthday. At the beginning of his career—the days of silent film, which lasted into the mid-1930s in Japan—Ozu made movies about college, though he himself never got into one. He just …