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Early Spring (1956)

Sôshun (original title)
A young man and his wife struggle within the confines of their passionless relationship while he has an extramarital romance.

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Chikage Awashima ...
Masako Sugiyama
Ryô Ikebe ...
Shôji Sugiyama
Teiji Takahashi ...
Taizô Aoki
Keiko Kishi ...
Chiyo Kaneko
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Kiichi Onodera
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Yutaka Kawai
Takako Fujino ...
Terumi Aoki
Masami Taura ...
Kôichi Kitagawa
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Tamako Tamura
Kumeko Urabe ...
Shige Kitagawa
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Yukiko Kawai
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Tokichi Hattori
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Hirayama
Daisuke Katô ...
Sakamoto
Fujio Suga ...
Tanabe
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A young man and his wife struggle within the confines of their passionless relationship while he has an extramarital romance.

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Referenced in Ikite wa mita keredo - Ozu Yasujirô den (1983) See more »

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Kâtibim
, A version of (uncredited)
Turkish folk song
[Can be heard during war buddies reunion in the background]
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Ten Years After World War II, Modern Japanese Life Takes Shape
20 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

"Early Spring" is one of the lesser-known Ozu films, but it is worth watching to complete his view of post-war Japan, and the complexities of returning to daily life. When "Early Spring" was released, Japan was two years into its independence from American occupying forces. Tokyo and other major cities were rebuilding. Lives were getting back to some kind of order -- and with that, the challenges of dealing with a group think society also were present.

The relationships in this movie show the influence traditional Japan still held on modern life. The closeness of the wife and her mother; the courtesy that the husband shows the mother in law, even as he simply drops his clothes to the floor for his wife to pick up; the traditional house with few conveniences. For anyone interested in Japanese cuisine, the preparation of oden (a kind of winter stew) is a textbook lesson, but it also weaves in with the plot.

"Early Spring" lacks the humor and grace of "Early Summer" and it is not as masterful as "Tokyo Story" but it offers an interesting look at the lives of the young salarymen and office girls, at a time when Japan's post-war culture was solidifying. It would be interesting to see a remake, because Japanese life has changed, and yet has remained much the same.


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