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Late Spring (1949)

Banshun (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 21 July 1972 (USA)
Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yumeji Tsukioka ...
Aya Kitagawa
Haruko Sugimura ...
Masa Taguchi
Hôhi Aoki ...
Jun Usami ...
Shôichi Hattori
Kuniko Miyake ...
Akiko Miwa
Masao Mishima ...
Jo Onodera
Yoshiko Tsubouchi ...
Yôko Katsuragi ...
Toyo Takahashi ...
Shige (as Toyoko Takahashi)
Jun Tanizaki ...
Seizô Hayashi
Ichirô Shimizu ...
Takigawa's master
Yôko Benisawa ...
Teahouse Proprietress
Manzaburo Umewaka ...


Noriko is 27 years old and is still living with her father Somiya, a widower. Noriko just recovered from an illness she developed in the war, and now the important question pops up: when will Noriko start thinking about marriage? Everybody who is important in her life tries to talk her into it: her father, her aunt, a girlfriend. But Noriko doesn't want to get married, she seems extremely happy with her life. She wants to stay with her father to take care of him. After all, she knows best of his manners and peculiarities. But Noriko's aunt doesn't want to give up. She arranges a partner for her and thinks of a plan that will convince Noriko her father can be left alone. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Most of the movie takes place in Kita-Kamakura, about 30 miles from downtown Tokyo. Several years after the release of the film, the director, 'Yasujiro Ozu', moved with his mother to the area and spent the rest of his life there. (His tomb is also located there.) Furthermore, the film's star, Setsuko Hara, also eventually moved to the area and, as of May 2013, reportedly still lives there under her birth name, Masae Aida. See more »


A camera/dolly shadow is visible on the sidewalk as it follows Noriko walking. See more »


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A Master of understated elegance
10 March 2006 | by (Ronn Ives/FUTURES Antiques, Norfolk, VA.) – See all my reviews

"Late Spring" (Japanese, 1949): Every time I see another Yasujiro Ozu film, I am more amazed and further impressed. As a director, he was a master of understated elegance. Think of him as a moving wood block print, or an extended Haiku poem. His images, symbols, photography, composition, editing, dialog, story… they're all controlled to a masterful degree, and patiently lead you from one point to another. "Late Sprint" is the story about an older daughter who has never left her father. She is completely satisfied to stay at home caring for him (the mother died many years earlier). Everyone is concerned about her, applies pressure, and she resists. The father realizes it is he alone who might convince her to enter Life on new terms. Do NOT take Ozu's landscapes and city scenes as mere non-story scenery. Instead, watch for them to represent current conditions, emotions, and truths.

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