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Director:
Writers:
Kôgo Noda (screenplay) &
Yasujirô Ozu (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1964 (USA) See more »
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An aging widower arranges a marriage for his only daughter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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4 wins See more »
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An updated version of BANSHUN See more (19 total) »

Cast

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Chishû Ryû ... Shuhei Hirayama

Shima Iwashita ... 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

Kyôko Kishida ... 'Kaoru' no Madame
Michiyo Tamaki ... Tamako, gosai
Ryûji Kita ... Shin Horie
Toyo Takahashi ... 'Wakamatsu' no Okami
Shinobu Asaji ... Youko Sasaki, hisho
Masao Oda ... Dousousei Watanabe
Fujio Suga ... Suikyaku A
Zenichi Inagawa (as Yoshikazu Inagawa)
Matsuko Shiga
Hisayo Komachi
Tami Yamamoto
Kentarô Imai
Daisuke Katô ... Yoshitaro Sakamoto
Haruko Sugimura ... Tomoko
Tsûsai Sugawara ... Dousousei Sugai (special appearance)
Yasuo Ogata ... Dousousei Ogata (special appearance)
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Directed by
Yasujirô Ozu 
 
Writing credits
Kôgo Noda (screenplay) &
Yasujirô Ozu (screenplay)

Produced by
Shizuo Yamanouchi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Takanobu Saito  (as Kojun Saitô)
 
Cinematography by
Yûharu Atsuta 
 
Film Editing by
Yoshiyasu Hamamura 
 
Production Design by
Minoru Kanekatsu 
 
Art Direction by
Tatsuo Hamada 
Shigeo Ogiwara 
 
Costume Design by
Yûji Nagashima 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kôzô Tashiro .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Isamu Ishii .... set dresser
Shigeo Ogiwara .... assistant art director
Toshio Takahashi .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Yoshiomi Hori .... assistant sound
Ichiro Ishii .... supervising sound editor
Yoshisaburô Senoo .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Akira Watanabe .... colorist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenzô Ishiwata .... lighting technician
Shôichi Motohashi .... lighting assistant
Motoshige Oikawa .... lighting technician
 
Other crew
Akiharu Hashimoto .... title designer
 

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Also Known As:
"Sanma no aji" - Japan (original title)
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112 min
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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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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
An updated version of BANSHUN, 4 June 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

My favorite Yasujiro Ozu film is BANSHUN. And so, as I sat watching SANMA NO AJI, I quickly realized that this film is essentially a retooling of BANSHUN. Both films are about a devoted daughter living quite happily with her widower father. The father, however, realizes that the daughter is giving up a lot, so it's his goal to get her out and married for her own good. There are some differences, though, in the films. In SANMA NO AJI, it's not just the father but also the young lady's employer who sees a need for her to marry. In addition to taking care of her father, there also is a younger brother in the home. Still, it is essentially the same story with a few twists--and in color.

It's also highly reminiscent of many of the mid to late Ozu films in a variety of ways. Like his usual style, the camera is stationary and often is at floor level--with cuts instead of closeups. You may not notice this at first, but it's clearly the director's trademark. In addition, the film has the typical slow and gentle pace and is about the conflicts between modern Japanese life and tradition. In this sense, there's not a lot that's too new about the film other than a light and modern (for 1962) soundtrack--very bouncy yet gentle.

As for the film, the father (Shuhei) has a pretty nice life. He has a nice job, often goes out with friends to drink and Michiko (the daughter) takes care of his needs at home. However, as the film progresses he notices in other people's relationships that something is missing. In particular, meeting with an old school teacher from 40 years ago is a wake-up, as this old man also lives with his unmarried daughter--and his life is a bit pathetic. Shuhei is afraid that in later years, his and his daughter will have a similar relationship. So, he and his married son go about trying to arrange a marriage for Michiko--who does want to marry, though judging by her outward appearance and insistence that she wants to stay home and take care of her father, you's never know it.

Overall, it's an incredibly slow but satisfying film and a nice end to Ozu's career, as it is his last film. Well worth seeing and full of lovely and realistic vignettes. For those who are looking for action and excitement, you may not like this film. For those who can appreciate a slower and more deliberately paced film, this is hard to beat. A lovely portrait of life in Japan circa 1962.

By the way, is it me or did those people in the film really drink a lot?! Wow!

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