A Story of Floating Weeds

Synopsis: A troupe of actors comes to town, short on funds and bedeviled by bad weather, so they can't put on shows. Kihachi is the troupe's leader. He steals off every day to visit Otsune (an ex-lover) and their son, Shinkichi, who believes his father is a long-dead civil servant. Kihachi has been paying Shinkichi's tuition, and he's now at university. Kihachi's lover, Otaka, the troupe's lead actress, learns Kihachi's secret and plots to ruin Shinkichi and humiliate Kihachi: she offers money to Otoki, the troupe's ingénue, to seduce Shinkichi. Soon the boy is head over heels, and Otoki finds herself with feelings for him. Can this end well or is tragedy at hand?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Yasujirô Ozu
Production: Criterion Collection
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86 min



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Another show's coming?

Some traveling actors.

Kihachi Ichikawa's troupe.

It's been a long time, Master.

I'm going to stay here for a while.

Your son's really grown up.

It's been four years.

He's nine now.

She was just a gawky little girl,

but look at her now.



You're going to see the show tonight?

Kihachi was so handsome

when he was young.

We used to all go

when he came here.

Got any older sisters?

Don't eat too much

or you'll wet the bed again.

Do it again and I'll have Otoki

give you a moxa treatment.

Did the boss wet the bed last night?

Why don't you give him

bigger doses of moxa?

Easy for you to say.

You don't know what it feels like.

Just think about Goemon Ishikawa.

He was boiled alive.

He was a famous robber.

I'm not.

One of your plays is all about thieves.

Don't be silly.

Get me a kimono.

I'll pay a visit to some patrons

I have here.

It's been a long time.

I thought it was about time you came.

I've been waiting.

Would you like a drink?

How is your arthritis?

Not bad, now that I use

the medicine you told me about.

I get stiff shoulders lately.

I'm being treated with moxa.

It's good to see

you're as well as ever.

How is Shinkichi?

He graduated

from agriculture college last year.

He's a postgraduate now.

The head of the troupe is here.

He's a big boy now.

He'll be eligible for the draft

next year.

First class.

He eats like a horse, doesn't he?

No wonder we're old now.

It must have been hard

raising him all these years.

I don't mind hardship

as long as it's for his sake.

He still thinks his father's dead,

doesn't he?

He thinks his father

was a civil servant.

Aren't you Ionely?

No use complaining

about Ioneliness.

Let him go on thinking

his father is dead.

He wouldn't want

a no-good father like me.

He has a great future ahead of him.

Dace are in season.

Want to go fishing with me?

Some fish move slowly,

so you've got a chance.

How long will you stay this time?

It depends on the audience.

I'd like to stay a year.

I think I'll go to the show tonight.

Our show isn't for you.

You're a student.

Your job is to study.

If it were summer vacation,

I'd travel with you.

Much in it?

I doubt it.

It's floating, so no heavy coins.

Did you ever think

it might be stuffed with bills?

You never had any bills.

Let's rehearse again

before the boss comes back.

No matter how great the actor,

it's hard to play the horse.

Look, the woman seated

in the second row isn't bad.


Where's the dog?

It's pouring.

Rain's really the end

for traveling actors.

I'm sorry it's become such a mess.

It's been raining for days.

We had long rains earlier,

in Takasaki.

The radio says that

it'll rain

for another four or five days.

I wish I had

some really good tempura.

I want some sake

with roasted eel.

You got a smoke?

You stole my money,

didn't you, Pop?

My kitty bank was facing

the other way before.

The boss is really something.

We've got this crisis,

and he's out drinking every day.

He has to,

as long as he stays here.

You said an odd thing just now.

It sounded like some kind of secret.

I wouldn't mention your name.

It's fun to checkmate.

Check the king, not the father.

You're finished, Uncle.

I lost again.

You've turned into

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Tadao Ikeda

Tadao Ikeda (池田忠雄, Ikeda Tadao) (5 February 1905 - 5 May 1964) was a Japanese screenwriter and film director. After graduating from Waseda University, he joined the Shochiku studio and came to prominence writing screenplays for such directors as Yasujirō Ozu, Mikio Naruse, Kōzaburō Yoshimura, and Yasujirō Shimazu. He also directed a few films. more…

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