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Early Spring (1956)

Sôshun (original title)
A young man and his wife struggle within the confines of their passionless relationship while he has an extramarital romance.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

Writers:

Kôgo Noda (screenplay), Yasujirô Ozu (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chikage Awashima Chikage Awashima ... Masako Sugiyama
Ryô Ikebe ... Shôji Sugiyama
Teiji Takahashi Teiji Takahashi ... Taizô Aoki
Keiko Kishi Keiko Kishi ... Chiyo Kaneko
Chishû Ryû ... Kiichi Onodera
Sô Yamamura ... Yutaka Kawai
Takako Fujino Takako Fujino ... Terumi Aoki
Masami Taura Masami Taura ... Kôichi Kitagawa
Haruko Sugimura ... Tamako Tamura
Kumeko Urabe Kumeko Urabe ... Shige Kitagawa
Kuniko Miyake ... Yukiko Kawai
Eijirô Tôno ... Tokichi Hattori
Kôji Mitsui ... Hirayama
Daisuke Katô Daisuke Katô ... Sakamoto
Fujio Suga Fujio Suga ... Tanabe
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A young man and his wife struggle within the confines of their passionless relationship while he has an extramarital romance.

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Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

25 September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Early Spring See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in I Lived, But... (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Hotaru no Hikari
(Japanese version of "Auld Lang Syne")
Scottish traditional
Japanese lyrics by Chikai Inagaki (1881)
(sung by the employees at Shoji's departure)
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Lacking The Director's Usual Quiet Magic, But Will Worthwhile
3 March 2013 | by museumofdaveSee all my reviews

I consider Yasujiro Ozu one of the worlds most significant and distinctive directors, a man who eschews false dazzle in favor of examining the human condition, human relationships; most of his films are quietly incisive portraits of people coming to conclusions and making decisions which will permanently affect their lives. Ozu imparts subtlety to his characters, his sense of time and place are impeccable, and his respect for his characters unparalleled. All of that said, I think that Early Spring is one of his least effective--one easily sees the point he makes about corporate behavior and marital infidelity, but this one, rather than quietly contemplative, struck me as merely slow. The characters too often lack any redeeming qualities, and yet we are apparently supposed to care about them for more than two hours, difficult when there is so little to work with--Early Spring is certainly not a stinker, by any means, but for me, a lesser Ozu, and if you want to start with something more characteristic, begin with either version of Floating Weeds, or with his masterpiece, Tokyo Story.


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