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An Autumn Afternoon (1962)
"Sanma no aji" (original title)

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An aging widower arranges a marriage for his only daughter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shuhei Hirayama
Michiko Hirayama
Keiji Sada ...
Mariko Okada ...
Teruo Yoshida ...
Yutaka Miura
Noriko Maki ...
Fusako Taguchi
Shin'ichirô Mikami ...
Nobuo Nakamura ...
Shuzo Kawai
Eijirô Tôno ...
Sakuma, The 'Gourd'
Kuniko Miyake ...
'Kaoru' no Madame
Michiyo Tamaki ...
Tamako, gosai
Ryûji Kita ...
Shin Horie
Toyo Takahashi ...
'Wakamatsu' no Okami
Shinobu Asaji ...
Youko Sasaki, hisho


In the early 60's in Tokyo, the widower Hirayama is a former captain from the Japanese navy that works as a manager of a factory and lives with his twenty-four year-old daughter Michiko and his son Kazuo in his house. His older son Koichi is married with Akiko that are compulsive consumers and Akiko financially controls their expenses. Hirayama frequently meets his old friends Kawai and Professor Horie, who is married with a younger wife, to drink in a bar. When their school teacher Sakuma comes to a reunion of Hirayama with old school mates, they learn that the old man lives with his daughter that stayed single to take care of him. Michiko lives a happy life with her father and her brother, but Hirayama feels that it is time to let her go and tries to arrange a marriage for her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In many ways, this is a remake of Yasujirô Ozu's Late Spring (1949). In both films, the director's favorite actor, 'Chishu Ryu', plays a widower trying to persuade his grown-up daughter to get married. See more »


Referenced in I Lived, But... (1983) See more »

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A true work of art.
25 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this film it struck me as being a very unusual and odd little movie. The camera work was direct and straightforward, as if the director were composing a still life painting. With the passage of time I remembered this film not as a whole but as a series of vignettes, the sailor marching in the bar, the unrequited lovers waiting for a train on the platform, the father staring into his daughter's empty room. I have recently seen An Autumn Afternoon again, and was not disappointed. Each scene has an almost indescribable longing, an ephemeral quality that speaks to the beauty and sadness of everyday life. I love this film, it is a true work of art.

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