The Only Son (EOTWS)

End Of The Week #6.1 extract: The Only Son (1936)



A flawless film by one of the greatest directors of all time, The Only Son is Ozu's first talkie and a poignant exploration of familial bonds (as with all of Ozu's films) under the guise of success. 
With a uniquely constructed mise en scène, The Only Son encapsulates Ozu's minimalist style perfectly, drawing you into the narrative where you're kept by the masterful edit. And so, with brilliant pacing, there is no sense of a run-time as you watch this film; you're simply enthralled by the realist and minute character conflicts captured by this impeccable script. This all comes together to produce a touching depiction of incredibly moving and subtle themes concerned with becoming a good person, honouring those who sacrifice so much for you, and simply giving something back in life. 
Words can't then do this narrative much justice, so make sure you watch The Only Son if you haven't yet seen it.

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