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Early Summer (1951)

Bakushû (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 2 August 1972 (USA)
A family chooses a match for their daughter Noriko, but she, surprisingly, has her own plans.

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Yasujirô Ozu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Setsuko Hara ... Noriko Mamiya
Chishû Ryû ... Koichi Mamiya
Chikage Awashima Chikage Awashima ... Aya Tamura
Kuniko Miyake ... Fumiko Mamiya
Ichirô Sugai ... Shukichi Mamiya
Chieko Higashiyama ... Shige Mamiya
Haruko Sugimura ... Tami Yabe
Kuniko Igawa ... Takako
Hiroshi Nihon'yanagi ... Kenkichi Yabe
Shûji Sano ... Sotaro Satake
Toyo Takahashi ... Nobu Tamura (as Toyoko Takahashi)
Seiji Miyaguchi Seiji Miyaguchi ... Nishiwaki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tomoka Hasebe Tomoka Hasebe
Kazuyo Itô Kazuyo Itô ... Mitsuko Yabe
Kokuten Kôdô ... Old Uncle
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Storyline

In postwar Tokyo, this household is loving and serene: older parents, their 28-year-old daughter Noriko, their married son, his devoted wife, and two rascally sons. Their only discontent is Noriko's lack of a husband. Society is changing: she works, she has women friends who tease and argue, her brother sees her independence as impudence, she sees it as normal. When her boss suggests that she marry a 40-year-old bachelor who is his friend, all the members of her family press her to accept. Without seeking their advice, and to their chagrin, Noriko determines her own course of action. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

2 August 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Early Summer See more »

Filming Locations:

Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shôchiku Eiga See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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A wonderful discovery
15 October 2007 | by brendasternSee all my reviews

I had seen Tokyo Story and respected it. But Early Summer is a charming, poignant and very human movie that stands the test of time. It is the story of Noriko, a 28-year-old administrative assistant who is under pressure from her family to marry. To put this in perspective, in traditional Japan, a woman married by age 25, or she was considered a "Christmas cake "-- nobody wanted it after the 25th! It is not as common in Japan now for women to face such pressure, especially since so many Japanese women are choosing to stay single, now that they have the money to be independent. However, Noriko's case would have been common up until the current generation of women.

While the war is not a character in the movie, there are threads that connect Early Summer to World War II. The movie takes place in 1951, just before Japan emerged from the U.S. occupation, and before Japanese society had its great explosion of wealth in the 1960s. It is a snapshot of a time that no longer exists, although the family conflicts are universal. I plan to add Early Summer to my list of top movies and look forward to viewing it again.


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