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‘Ukigusa” is the latest film of Yasujiro Ozu, the director whom most Japanese consider “the most Japanese director.”

His films are quiet yet powerful, meditative yet implying the strain beneath the surface; they are composed, almost like a mosiac, of small, clear-cut, occasionally even haikulike scenes; they are dedicated to an evocation of the awareness of the transience of all things; they show minor tragedies, and their conclusions are a shrug and a smile.

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