Ozu reference to jealousy & pickles
Wed Nov 5 21:04:51 EST 2003
This is just a guess, but perhaps the metaphor has
something to do with clinging to the man one's with
and not trusting him out of one's sight. By not
cutting the slices all the way through, the end effect
is that they stay together, kind of like keeping a dog
on a short leash.
David Phillips, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Wake Forest University
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Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2003 7:29 PM
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Subject: Ozu reference to jealousy & pickles
Even my Japanese mother can't answer this one! In Ozu's 1949
"Banshun" (Late Spring), the Hara Setsuko character says that she's
the jealous type--after all, when she slices pickles (takuan), they
stay strung together, i.e. she doesn't slice them all the way
through. She flirts with a man in the film twice with this
information. Can anybody explain to me how semisliced pickles would
relate to jealousy?
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