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Late Spring (1949)

Banshun (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 21 July 1972 (USA)
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Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Shukichi Somiya
... Noriko Somiya
Yumeji Tsukioka ... Aya Kitagawa
... Masa Taguchi
Hôhi Aoki ... Katsuyoshi
Jun Usami ... Shôichi Hattori
... Akiko Miwa
Masao Mishima ... Jo Onodera
... Kiku
Yôko Katsuragi ... Misako
... Shige (as Toyoko Takahashi)
Jun Tanizaki ... Seizô Hayashi
Ichirô Shimizu ... Takigawa's master
Yôko Benisawa ... Teahouse Proprietress
Manzaburo Umewaka ... Shite
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Noriko is 27 years old and is still living with her father Somiya, a widower. Noriko just recovered from an illness she developed in the war, and now the important question pops up: when will Noriko start thinking about marriage? Everybody who is important in her life tries to talk her into it: her father, her aunt, a girlfriend. But Noriko doesn't want to get married, she seems extremely happy with her life. She wants to stay with her father to take care of him. After all, she knows best of his manners and peculiarities. But Noriko's aunt doesn't want to give up. She arranges a partner for her and thinks of a plan that will convince Noriko her father can be left alone. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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The occupying American forces in Japan following World War II censored two specific lines in the script regarding the main character's health and the state of Tokyo. Director Ozu was forced to change these lines in the film. See more »

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A camera/dolly shadow is visible on the sidewalk as it follows Noriko walking. See more »

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Referenced in Weakest link: Hitori gachi no hôsoku: Episode #1.3 (2002) See more »

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Marriage = bad Robin Wood = clever
18 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

The revelation of Noriko's wedding dress is perhaps the most powerfully painful moment of cinema I've ever experienced. The contrast between her freedom before her wedding, the moving camera (very foreign to Ozu) her range of emotion, her geographical and social freedom, and the deeply disturbing oppression that her wedding signals is very affecting. It is gutting. And so devastating that she accepts her oppression. Powerful, if needing commitment and patience. Especially the six minutes of the impenetrable Noh play.


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