Minoruand Isamu live with their parents in a Tokyo suburb. On their way home from school, they love to drop in to watch sumo matches on a neighbour’s television. Displeased, their parents forbid them from going back there. As the two children insist they want a television set, their parents tell them to be quiet. The children take this literally and vow to stop speaking.
Good Morning is one of funniest films by Ozu, the great filmmaker of modern Japan. Calling on direct citations from Jacques Tati’s films (mainly through the music and symmetrical sets), he lays out the patterns of modernity with a subtleness that avoids any engaged or finger-pointing discourse.