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

 -  Drama  -  1964 (USA)
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An aging widower arranges a marriage for his only daughter.

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

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Let This Movie Gently Win You Over
28 January 2010 | by (Connecticut, United States) – See all my reviews

A sensitive film which observes a widower and his family as they navigate through their days and nights in post-WWII Japan, a place where etiquette and custom are still important and individuality counts for less than it does in the U.S.A. We witness a world where unmarried women are expected to take care of their partner-less fathers and brothers.

This film features excellent use of color, especially the placement of yellows and reds.

"An Autumn Afternoon" grows on you as you slowly, steadily work your way into the lives of Mr. Hirayama and his family; it's as if the camera were a guest gaining the acceptance of the major characters.

Will Mr. Hirayama come upon his own personal autumn afternoon - a state of philosophical clarity where he can discern things soberly and make a wise and compassionate decision?

A must-see for devotees of Japanese cinema, director Ozu, and those who love quiet, gentle films.


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