Late Spring (2-DVD)
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Format: DVD (2 Discs)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: May 9, 2006
- Originally Released: 1949
- Label: Criterion
- 2-Disc Set
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono - Spanish
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Setsuko Hara, Haruko Sugimura & Jun Osami|
|Directed by||Yasujirô Ozu|
|Screenwriting by||Yasujirô Ozu & Kôgo Noda|
|Director of Photography:||Yûharu Atsuta|
Haiku-like in its title, its interest in the undramatic silences between scenes, and its enfolding of human behaviour within nature, Late Spring offers tenderness in the place of melodrama and patient truth in the place of sudden revelation.
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Rating: A -- Each shot in Late Spring is striking on its own; the mature Ozu belongs to that rare category of filmmakers whose work can be recognized from a single frame. Full Review
Yasujiro Ozu's early domestic masterwork has been given a gorgeous restoration which makes it even more treasurable-if possible-than ever. Full Review
Film Journal International
Rating: 4/5 -- Ozu's characters don't seek ecstasy, not because they are afraid of it but because they are brave enough to accept compromise.
New York Times
One of the best two or three films Ozu ever made. Full Review
impermanence... forms the film's true subject - and it is Ozu's ambivalence towards it, as though he wants both to board the train, and to stay on the platform, that ultimately gives Late Spring its bittersweet resonance. Full Review
5 stars out of 5 -- Focusing on the everyday tragedy and humdrum bliss of family....It's beautiful and moving in the extreme.
Continuing his exploration of the Japanese family and it's permutations and variations, LATE SPRING is Yasujiro Ozu's fragile tale of a young woman, a bit older than marrying age in traditional Japanese society, who lives a tranquil life with her widowed father. The father begins to worry that his beloved daughter may never leave him and thus spoil her chances for a happy life. After she refuses a proposed husband, the father tricks her by pretending to remarry. The daughter eventually marries in order to leave her father alone with his new wife, and the father who in reality had no intention of marrying, is left alone.
A heartbreaking and fragile story of family devotion and sacrifice, Yasujiro Ozu presents here perhaps his most perfect film. Chisu Ryu takes up his consummate role of the solitary and thoughtful father, a widower who lives with his young daughter Noriko. Fearful that Noriko will never marry in order to care for him, the father and various supporting family members attempt to find a match for the young daughter, but to no avail. Eventually he is forced to trick his daughter, by pretending to remarry himself, thus forcing the daughter to break out on her own. Relations between father and Noriko come to a sentimental head as the two take a final trip together to Kyoto. Upon returning, Noriko is married and moves away, and the father is left alone. The simple and elegant visual and narrative structure of the film allows the universal story of a father giving up his daughter in marriage to unfurl succinctly and compellingly, making this one of Ozu's most loved films.
- Winner of Japan's Kinema Jumpo Award for Best Film of the Year.
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