A widow tries to marry off her daughter with the help of her late husband's three friends.A widow tries to marry off her daughter with the help of her late husband's three friends.A widow tries to marry off her daughter with the help of her late husband's three friends.
An update to Japanese Classic 'Banshun' / 'Late Spring' with a gender change but with the same Classy Impact. Recently, i saw Banshun (1949) and was moved by the film. I never thought that a non-narrative classic of Ozu can ever get inspired version or should I say updated version because the ultimate factism of Banshun was something kind of unavoidable and irreplaceable. I don't hate to say it that i have been proved wrong by the Master Director as he reconstructed the similar story with Akibiyori with the change in Protagonist's gender and yet delivered a Classic film. Actually, this one is more explored version and has wider vision than Banshun and that's obvious because it was made after a decade so the filmmaking went ahead as expected. A widow tries to marry off her daughter with the help of her late husband's three friends. The similar story what we saw in Banshun with the Mother replacing the Father, and those three friends being a great addition. Unlike Banshun, this is far more entertaining with comic touch and quirky humour. It has funny moments created from daily life activities and issues which surely brings laughter when needed. The light tone momentum makes it engaging film and also provides a repeat value. I doubt if can watch Banahun on repeat mode again and again but it's a big YES for Akibiyori. Apart from that it is greatly filled with rich emotions and ethical sentiments that will stir your feelings. That emotional touch in the last 30 minutes is terrifically crafted from all angles. All the actors have done a great job. Ozu never fails to bring the best out of his cast and Akibiyori is yet another undeniable example of it. A grand salute to the legendary filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu for making such heartwarming films on definite family issue like 'Marriage' which has never been told in such classy manners ever by any Director in the cinema world.
RATING - 8/10*
By - #samthebestest
- Feb 15, 2021