The End of Summer ()

Kohayagawa-ke no aki (original title)
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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.


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Ganjirô Nakamura ...
Kohayagawa Manbei
Noriko, second daughter
Fumiko, eldest daughter
Keiju Kobayashi ...
Hisao, Fumiko's husband
Masahiko Shimazu ...
Masao, third son
Hisaya Morishige ...
Isomura Eiichirou
Chieko Naniwa ...
Sasaki Tsune
Reiko Dan ...
Yuriko, her daughter
Katou Shige
Daisuke Katô ...
Kitagawa Yanosuke
Haruko Tôgô ...
Kitagawa Teruko
Yumi Shirakawa ...
Nakanishi Takako
Akira Takarada ...
Teramoto Tadashi
Kyû Sazanka ...
Yamaguchi, Chief clerk
Yû Fujiki ...
Maruyama Rokutarou
Tatsuo Endô ...
Banpei's brother
Yûko Mochizuki ...
Farmer's wife
Asao Uchida ...
Isha (doctor)

Directed by

Yasujirô Ozu

Written by

Kôgo Noda ... (screenplay) &
Yasujirô Ozu ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Sanezumi Fujimoto ... producer
Masakatsu Kaneko ... producer
Tadahiro Teramoto ... producer

Music by

Toshirô Mayuzumi

Cinematography by

Asakazu Nakai

Film Editing by

Kôichi Iwashita

Production Design by

Tomoo Shimogawara

Art Direction by

Tomoo Shimogawara

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Shigekichi Takemae ... assistant director

Sound Department

Kôichi Nakagawa ... sound recordist
Hisashi Shimonaga ... sound mixer

Camera and Electrical Department

Chôshirô Ishii ... lighting technician

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Plot Summary

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 of them, but neither is sure if it is what she is looking for for herself. Akiko is quite content with her current lot in life, taking care of her growing son, Minoru. And Noriko has only confided in Akiko that she has a close friendship with a man named Tadashi Teramoto, a teacher who has just moved to Sapporo indefinitely for work. Kohayagawa's want for his daughters may also be because he has rediscovered companionship in his own life, with a former mistress, Sasaki Tsune, who he accidentally ran into after not seeing her for nineteen years. Sasaki has told him that her twenty-one year old daughter, spoiled Yuriko Tsune, is his biological daughter, something he believes, although Sasaki doesn't really know or care, as doesn't Yuriko, especially if they can get out of him what they want. Kohayagawa's family does not know of Sasaki currently in his life, but they do know of his marital indiscretion previously with her and do suspect that his "business meetings" which are ruses to meet with her are not what he says they are. Something that happens to Kohayagawa leads to Akiko and Noriko coming to some decisions about their own lives. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • The End of Summer (World-wide, English title)
  • The End of Summer (United States)
  • L'automne de la famille Kohayagawa (France)
  • Dernier caprice (France)
  • L'automne de la famille Kohayakawa (France)
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  • 103 min
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Trivia The last of six collaborations between Yasujiro Ozu and Setsuko Hara. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in I Lived, But... (1983). See more »
Soundtracks Xin Nián Hao Ya (Happy New Year) See more »

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