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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 »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$13,254, 31 December 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,978, 31 December 2016
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Company Credits

Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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Referenced in Stranger Than Paradise (1984) See more »

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Setsuko Hara is perfect as Noriko
21 December 2003 | by kirinoriko1128See all my reviews

I've watched this film many times and love it very much. Ozu made Hara perfectly beautiful in this film. Noriko devoted her father and didn't want to marry because of him. He would be lonely if she married. Father and daughter lived happily together, but when she saw an elegant widow at Noh theather, she had jealousy. Hara Setsuko's acting was perfect as Noriko who was in love with her own father. No other actress could act like that. She was only Noriko. So director Ozu didn't change her role name Noriko for Setsuko Hara. Noriko in Banshun(Late Spring), Noriko in Bakushu(Early Summer),Noriko in Tokyo Monogatari(Tokyo Story) and I am Noriko as Setuko Hara's No.1 fan in Japan.


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