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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 ... Shuzo Kawai
Eijirô Tôno ... Sakuma, The 'Gourd'
Kuniko Miyake ... Nobuko
Kyôko Kishida ... 'Kaoru' no Madame
Michiyo Tamaki Michiyo Tamaki ... Tamako, gosai
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

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Drama

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #446. 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

References Harakiri (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Gunkan kôshinkyoku
(Warship March)
Written by Tôkichi Setoguchi
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Revisiting "Banshun" in the Swan Song of the Great Master
12 February 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the early 60's in Tokyo, the widower Hirayama (Chishû Ryû) 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 (Shima Iwashita) and his son Kazuo (Shin'ichirô Mikami) in his house. His older son Koichi (Keiji Sada) is married with Akiko (Mariko Okada) that are compulsive consumers and Akiko financially controls their expenses.

Hirayama frequently meets his old friends Kawai (Nobuo Nakamura) and Professor Horie (Ryûji Kita), who is married with a younger wife, to drink in a bar. When their school teacher Sakuma (Eijiro Tono) 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.

"Sanma no aji" is the last movie of the Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu about his favorite theme: family and human relationship. Actually he revisits in color thirteen years later, the theme of the wonderful "Banshun". Both story lines are about an old father that realizes that he can not hold his daughter with him anymore and she needs to get married with an arranged marriage as a natural order of life in the traditional Japan. The beautiful and touching story shows also the contrast between the traditional and the newer generation formed by consumers and is supported by awesome performances and the use of magnificent camera work, with symmetrically framed images. Last but not the least, it is impressive how the characters drink in this movie. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil):"A Rotina Tem Seu Encanto" ("The Routine Has its Charm")


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Autumn Afternoon See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,538
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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