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An Autumn Afternoon (1962)

Sanma no aji (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 1964 (USA)
An aging widower arranges a marriage for his only daughter.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chishû Ryû ... Shuhei Hirayama
Shima Iwashita ... Michiko Hirayama
Keiji Sada ... Koichi
Mariko Okada Mariko Okada ... Akiko
Teruo Yoshida Teruo Yoshida ... Yutaka Miura
Noriko Maki Noriko Maki ... Fusako Taguchi
Shin'ichirô Mikami Shin'ichirô Mikami ... Kazuo
Nobuo Nakamura Nobuo Nakamura ... Shuzo Kawai
Eijirô Tôno ... Sakuma, The 'Gourd'
Kuniko Miyake ... Nobuko
Kyôko Kishida ... 'Kaoru' no Madame
Michiyo Tamaki Michiyo Tamaki ... Tamako, gosai
Ryûji Kita Ryûji Kita ... Shin Horie
Toyo Takahashi ... 'Wakamatsu' no Okami
Shinobu Asaji Shinobu Asaji ... Youko Sasaki, hisho
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Storyline

In the early 60's in Tokyo, the widower Hirayama is a former captain from the Japanese navy that works as a manager of a factory and lives with his twenty-four year-old daughter Michiko and his son Kazuo in his house. His older son Koichi is married with Akiko that are compulsive consumers and Akiko financially controls their expenses. Hirayama frequently meets his old friends Kawai and Professor Horie, who is married with a younger wife, to drink in a bar. When their school teacher Sakuma comes to a reunion of Hirayama with old school mates, they learn that the old man lives with his daughter that stayed single to take care of him. Michiko lives a happy life with her father and her brother, but Hirayama feels that it is time to let her go and tries to arrange a marriage for her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Yasujiro Ozu's Last Film

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Shochiku Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In many ways, this is a remake of Yasujirô Ozu's Late Spring (1949). In both films, the director's favorite actor, Chishû Ryû, plays a widower trying to persuade his adult daughter to get married. See more »

Quotes

Shuhei Hirayama: [to himself, last lines] Alone, eh?
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Crazy Credits

The film title and credits are set against a backdrop of painted fronds.

Generally Yasujirô Ozu films have the credits placed before a backdrop of plain sackcloth. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ikite wa mita keredo - Ozu Yasujirô den (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Gunkan kôshinkyoku
(Warship March)
Written by Tôkichi Setoguchi
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The Ozu that I've heard so much about but couldn't find in his other films
30 March 2002 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Not that I've seen too many Ozu films. This is only my third, after Bakushu and Tokyo Story. Both of those I found dull, even Tokyo Story, which is often considered one of the best films ever made. I don't know the critical reputation of Autumn Afternoon, but I liked it a lot. In fact, it continues with Ozus favorite themes (which I do sincerely hope aren't the same in all his films, and that I've just accidentally picked similar ones): aging, marriage, and Westernization. Autumn Afternoon is less pushy than those other two films. I thought that Ozu was making a lot of judgements in those films (although others have said that Ozu less judgemental than any other auteur; I don't believe it). In Autumn Afternoon, everything is observed without judgement. It's about life, it's about Japanese culture, and it's about human beings. I won't go into a deep examination of the film. I'd like to praise the musical score specifically, which is very charming and beautiful. Other than that, I'd just like to say that Autumn Afternoon is a delightful and touching film. See it if you're an Ozu fan, see it if you are not one. 9/10.


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