Floating Weeds

Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Year Released: 1959
Rating: 3.0

Ozu's remake of his already quite good 1934 film A Story of Floating Weeds keeps most of the original's story and scenes in tact. Aside from the use of dialogue and lush color, I'm not sure why he would bother with such a thing - the color and music, if anything, make this film seem less dire and more carefree than the somewhat more serious 1934 version - but it's also not the first time Ozu remade himself (his I Was Born, But... became the colorful and light Good Morning). Seeing both films is still strongly advised - minimal differences and all (I prefer the earlier version, but it's really a toss up).