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When we think of Japanese cinema, Yasujiro Ozu usually isn’t the first name that comes to mind. In the West, his films have never been as widely distributed as Akira Kurosawa’s or Hayao Miyazaki’s. And if you actually have heard of Ozu, it’s likely because people have described his films as “slow” or “boring” (to quote some of the negative IMDb reviews for his Tokyo Story).

In reality, however, Ozu deserves much more exposure than he’s gotten.

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American Factory: ** ½
Luce: * ½  

Whether it’s Fritz Lang’s M or Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, allegories have always played a prominent role in film history. So it shouldn’t be surprising that many contemporary directors have made films that play as political or economic allegories. Scores of recent films – Beatriz at Dinner, The Shape of Water, Get Out, Isle of Dogs, Us, Transit, and so on – have used the stories of particular individuals to convey larger and more abstract messages about pressing societal issues, such as immigration, inequality, and racism.

In the past month, however, two new releases served as a reminder that such allegories don’t always “work.”

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