In Ozu’s 1959 film Good Morning (Ohayo) two young brothers take a vow of silence when their parents refuse to buy them a television. Complications ensue when the neighbors and teachers read in all kinds of things into the silence. Gossip spreads and at one point the two boys run away. The youngest brother, who’s probably 6, is particularly cute. Anytime he leaves a house, he tells the woman of the house, “I love you” in English.
All in all, it’s a charming film that shows Japan on the brink of prosperity.