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Kôgo Noda (screenplay) &
Yasujirô Ozu (screenplay)
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1964 (USA) See more »
An aging widower arranges a marriage for his only daughter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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)

Directed by
Yasujirô Ozu 
Writing credits
Kôgo Noda (screenplay) &
Yasujirô Ozu (screenplay)

Produced by
Shizuo Yamanouchi .... producer
Original Music by
Takanobu 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
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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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Referenced in I Lived, But... (1983)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The beauty of things, 5 December 2011
Author: solstice5555 from United States

I can whole-heartedly relate to previous reviewers' sentiments about this movie. From my own perspective it is also an awesome celebration of beauty. The theme is the same Ozu's favorite—separation of father and his grown-up daughter-- however it is presented in a different, less nerve-wrecking and more humorous way (as compared to Late Spring), but most of all -- within the colorful kaleidoscope of everyday things looking as works of art in themselves. Ozu rejoices in showing the beauty of such mundane objects as mugs, bowls, kimonos, tables, lamp shades, houses, fences, even industrial chimneys and such. Colors and shapes are arranged into perfect compositions and sometimes it seems that still objects actually govern the mood and the flow of people around them. The parallel with Tarkovskij's movies, like Solaris and Stalker, where the harmony of individual objects creates its own layer of movie symbolism, seems natural, only Russian movies were shot more than a decade later. I watched An Autumn Afternoon several times with the same joyful interest and gratitude for the gift of showing us the beauty of everyday life.

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