This 1959 Ozu production centers on the likable but fallible leader of an itinerant acting troupe (floating weeds being the Japanese name for such groups), Kimajuro, played brilliantly by Ganjiro Nakamura. The film opens on a lazy, stagnant river as the troupe lays spread about on a boat deck drifting downstream. It’s obvious that they’re a ragged bunch as they sit fanning themselves and smoking on deck. The boat pulls into a quiet fishing village where the troupe proceeds to canvass the town, hanging up posters and performing impromptu stunts for the inhabitants. Kimajuro and his actress mistress, Sumiko (Machiko Kyo), head to the theatre and secure their cramped quarters above the theatre’s main hall. Kimajuro leaves to pay a visit to a local saki bar owned by Oyoshi (Haruko Sugimura), who, years previous, had conceived a child with Kimajuro. The child has grown into a strapping young man, Kiyoshi (Hiroshi Kawaguchi), who has a good job at the post office. Kimajuro, although clearly proud of his son, has refused to take responsibility for the child and Kiyoshi thinks Kimajuro is merely his uncle. Unbeknownst to Kimajuro, Sumiko has discovered his secret, and, infuriated, hires a young actress to seduce Kiyoshi. Terrified that his son is falling for this woman of loose morals, Kimajuro has to decide what’s most important: keeping his secret safe or saving his son by acknowledging his paternity.~ Brian Whitener, All Movie Guide
Shantel VanSanten, Bobby Campo and Hayley Webb have been confirmed to join Nick Zano, Krista Allen and Andy Fiscella in the cast of the upcoming Final Destination 4. The film will be directed by David Richard Ellis, who has previously directed the second movie in the franchise. In this the fourth film of the series, the plot revolves around a teenager’s premonition that his life and a few others are spared after a racecar crash. After the dream, death continues to follow the people who escaped the accident. As usual the deaths will no doubt be more interesting then the general premise, which is, let’s be honest, what keeps us coming back to Final Destination movies.
New Line is shooting the movie in 3-D and has an estimated budget of $43 million, no date has been given for an Irish release as of yet, we’ll keep you updated.