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The End of Summer (1961)

Kohayagawa-ke no aki (original title)
The family of an older man who runs a small sake brewery become concerned with his finances and his health after they discover him visiting an old mistress from his youth.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ganjirô Nakamura ...
Kohayagawa Manbei
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Akiko
Yôko Tsukasa ...
Noriko, second daughter
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Fumiko, eldest daughter
Keiju Kobayashi ...
Hisao, Fumiko's husband
Masahiko Shimazu ...
Masao, third son
Hisaya Morishige ...
Isomura Eiichirou
Chieko Naniwa ...
Sasaki Tsune
Reiko Dan ...
Yuriko, her daughter
Haruko Sugimura ...
Katou Shige
Daisuke Katô ...
Kitagawa Yanosuke
Haruko Tôgô ...
Kitagawa Teruko
Yumi Shirakawa ...
Nakanishi Takako
Akira Takarada ...
Teramoto Tadashi
Kyû Sazanka ...
Yamaguchi, Chief clerk
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Approaching his senior years, widowed Manbei Kohayagawa is the owner of a small family run sake brewery in Kyoto. Hisao, his daughter Fumiko's husband, works for the company. Another daughter, Osaka based Akiko, who works at an art gallery, is widowed, her deceased husband who decided not to work in the family business, but maintain his own career as a college professor. Kohayagawa's third and last daughter, Noriko, a clerk in an office, has never been married, but is now of marrying age. Because the business is not doing well as it cannot compete with the larger sake companies, Kohayagawa wants to ensure that all his daughters are taken care of financially, which means finding husbands for both Akiko and Noriko, that task which is aided by Kohayagawa's younger brother-in-law, Yanosuke Kitagawa. Akiko and Noriko know about the arrangements with the potential husbands - although Akiko's first "date" is more of a surprise to her - and generally go along with the dates as are requested ... Written by Huggo

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Autumn for the Kohayagawa Family  »

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Baloney!
11 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is a bunch of baloney to say that END OF SUMMER is far behind Ozu's other efforts. I have seen most if not all of Ozu's most acclaimed works, and END OF SUMMER is the best one I've ever seen. It even surpasses TOKYO STORY, which many scholars claim is Ozu's best masterpiece, one of the greatest movies of all time. For my money, END OF SUMMER is one of the top five foreign movies of all time. The beautiful photography is sublime; the movie contains some of the funniest things in any Ozu movie; and the ending is one of the most heartbreaking, most superbly visualized endings ever put on celluloid! I just can't say enough good things about this movie. There may be another Ozu movie I haven't seen that surpasses this one, but I sincerely doubt there's more than one, if there's even one.


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