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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

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 Jun Usami ... Shôichi Hattori
Kuniko Miyake ... Akiko Miwa
Masao Mishima 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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 July 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Late Spring See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shôchiku Eiga See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the 2012 version of "Greatest Films of All Time" Sight & Sound poll Late Spring appears as the 15th greatest film of all time. See more »

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

Quotes

Shukichi Somiya: Marriage may not mean happiness from the start. To expect such immediate happiness is a mistake. Happiness isn't something you wait around for. It's something you create yourself. Getting married isn't happiness. Happiness lies in the forging of a new life shared together. It may take a year or two, maybe even five or ten. Happiness comes only through effort. Only then can you claim to be man and wife.
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A Master of understated elegance
10 March 2006 | by futures-1See all my reviews

"Late Spring" (Japanese, 1949): Every time I see another Yasujiro Ozu film, I am more amazed and further impressed. As a director, he was a master of understated elegance. Think of him as a moving wood block print, or an extended Haiku poem. His images, symbols, photography, composition, editing, dialog, story… they're all controlled to a masterful degree, and patiently lead you from one point to another. "Late Sprint" is the story about an older daughter who has never left her father. She is completely satisfied to stay at home caring for him (the mother died many years earlier). Everyone is concerned about her, applies pressure, and she resists. The father realizes it is he alone who might convince her to enter Life on new terms. Do NOT take Ozu's landscapes and city scenes as mere non-story scenery. Instead, watch for them to represent current conditions, emotions, and truths.


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