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The End of Summer (1961)

Kohayagawa-ke no aki (original title)
The family of an older man who runs a small sake brewery become concerned with his finances and his health after they discover him visiting an old mistress from his youth.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ganjirô Nakamura ... Kohayagawa Manbei
Setsuko Hara ... Akiko
Yôko Tsukasa ... Noriko, second daughter
Michiyo Aratama ... Fumiko, eldest daughter
Keiju Kobayashi Keiju Kobayashi ... Hisao, Fumiko's husband
Masahiko Shimazu ... Masao, third son
Hisaya Morishige Hisaya Morishige ... Isomura Eiichirou
Chieko Naniwa ... Sasaki Tsune
Reiko Dan ... Yuriko, her daughter
Haruko Sugimura ... Katou Shige
Daisuke Katô ... Kitagawa Yanosuke
Haruko Tôgô Haruko Tôgô ... Kitagawa Teruko
Yumi Shirakawa Yumi Shirakawa ... Nakanishi Takako
Akira Takarada Akira Takarada ... Teramoto Tadashi
Kyû Sazanka ... Yamaguchi, Chief clerk
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Storyline

Approaching his senior years, widowed Manbei Kohayagawa is the owner of a small family run sake brewery in Kyoto. Hisao, his daughter Fumiko's husband, works for the company. Another daughter, Osaka based Akiko, who works at an art gallery, is widowed, her deceased husband who decided not to work in the family business, but maintain his own career as a college professor. Kohayagawa's third and last daughter, Noriko, a clerk in an office, has never been married, but is now of marrying age. Because the business is not doing well as it cannot compete with the larger sake companies, Kohayagawa wants to ensure that all his daughters are taken care of financially, which means finding husbands for both Akiko and Noriko, that task which is aided by Kohayagawa's younger brother-in-law, Yanosuke Kitagawa. Akiko and Noriko know about the arrangements with the potential husbands - although Akiko's first "date" is more of a surprise to her - and generally go along with the dates as are requested ... Written by Huggo

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Drama

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Trivia

Ozu enjoyed working with Michiyo Aratama so much that he wanted her to leave Toho and continue working with him at Shochiku. See more »

Quotes

Kitagawa Yanosuke: We humans can't come to terms with death until it's too late. Even people like my brother, who did as he pleased. On his deathbed, even Toyotomi Hideyoshi said: "It's as if my glorious life was but a dream within a dream."
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Xin Nián Hao Ya (Happy New Year)
(uncredited)
Melody: 'O My Darling Clementine'
Japanese lyrics
Performed by Yôko Tsukasa and other cast members
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Far behind Ozu's other films
10 September 1999 | by maerteSee all my reviews

This film is a little bit disappointing. Ozu did not portrait human emotions as intensive as in "Tokyo Monogatari". Neither has the film the wit and humour of "Ohayo". He did not succeed to characterize the person as good as in other films. The setting of the action in Kyoto instead of Tokyo could have provided the possibility to represent the contrast the conflict between old Japan and "New Japan" in a more distinct way. But unfortunately Ozu produces some cliches. But after all what is a "bad" movie by Ozu in comparison to all the other stuff.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

February 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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