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Early Summer (1951)
"Bakushû" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  2 August 1972 (USA)
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A family chooses a match for their daughter Noriko, but she, surprisingly, has her own plans.

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Credited cast:
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Noriko Mamiya
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Koichi Mamiya
Chikage Awashima ...
Aya Tamura
Kuniko Miyake ...
Fumiko Mamiya
Ichirô Sugai ...
Shukichi Mamiya
Chieko Higashiyama ...
Shige Mamiya
Haruko Sugimura ...
Tami Yabe
Kuniko Igawa ...
Takako
Hiroshi Nihon'yanagi ...
Kenkichi Yabe
Shûji Sano ...
Sotaro Satake
Toyo Takahashi ...
Nobu Tamura (as Toyoko Takahashi)
Seiji Miyaguchi ...
Nishiwaki
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Tomoka Hasebe
Kazuyo Itô ...
Mitsuko Yabe
Kokuten Kôdô ...
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In postwar Tokyo, this household is loving and serene: older parents, their 28-year-old daughter Noriko, their married son, his devoted wife, and two rascally sons. Their only discontent is Noriko's lack of a husband. Society is changing: she works, she has women friends who tease and argue, her brother sees her independence as impudence, she sees it as normal. When her boss suggests that she marry a 40-year-old bachelor who is his friend, all the members of her family press her to accept. Without seeking their advice, and to their chagrin, Noriko determines her own course of action. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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15 April 2000 | by (North Thailand) – See all my reviews

To say that a film is only a notch below "Tokyo Story" is one of the highest compliments I can pay. "Early Summer" is just a notch below "Tokyo Story," if that. This film was made a few years earlier than Ozu's masterpiece and remnants of an older style are still present. For one, there are some tracking shots (and even a crane!) in "Early Summer." A few years later Ozu would move on to eliminate camera movement altogether. Ozu's camera movement has been described as clumsy, which can be said of some of the shots in this film. However, some of them are also quite beautiful - the crane shot on the beach and the tracking shot along the wheat field that ends the film are two such examples.

Though the film lacks much of what can be called "plot" - it was around this time that Ozu claimed that plot bored him - it is a nuanced and very beautiful film. It follows the usual routine Ozu story about a daughter who gets married and how it affects the family, but because Ozu and co-scriptwriter Kogo Noda are such masters at character and dialogue, the films always remain fresh. For those who have not experienced the director's work before, this film may be a test of endurance. Stick with it. For those that have come to understand and love Ozu, one of the century's greatest artists in any medium, films like "Early Summer" are truly extraordinary experiences.


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