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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.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

Writers:

Kazuo Hirotsu (based on the novel "Chichi to musume" by), Kôgo Noda (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chishû Ryû ... Shukichi Somiya
Setsuko Hara ... Noriko Somiya
Yumeji Tsukioka Yumeji Tsukioka ... Aya Kitagawa
Haruko Sugimura ... Masa Taguchi
Hôhi Aoki Hôhi Aoki ... Katsuyoshi
Jun Usami ... Shôichi Hattori
Kuniko Miyake ... Akiko Miwa
Masao Mishima ... Jo Onodera
Yoshiko Tsubouchi ... Kiku
Yôko Katsuragi Yôko Katsuragi ... Misako
Toyo Takahashi ... Shige (as Toyoko Takahashi)
Jun Tanizaki Jun Tanizaki ... Seizô Hayashi
Ichirô Shimizu Ichirô Shimizu ... Takigawa's master
Yôko Benisawa Yôko Benisawa ... Teahouse Proprietress
Manzaburo Umewaka Manzaburo Umewaka ... Shite
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Storyline

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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Trivia

The film was written and shot during the Allied Powers' Occupation of Japan. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Aya Kitagawa: [to Noriko] Men are no good. They're devious. Before marriage they only show their good side, but once they have you, everything awful comes out. Even if you marry for love, you never know what you're getting.
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Connections

Referenced in Cinema Club: Guadagnino/Ozu (2018) See more »

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Marriage = bad Robin Wood = clever
18 June 2002 | by matt_crowderSee 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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 July 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Late Spring See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,456, 6 March 2016

Gross USA:

$13,254

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,978
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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