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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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Autumn Afternoon See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. 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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A true work of art.
25 September 2005 | by kmsc2cSee all my reviews

When I first saw this film it struck me as being a very unusual and odd little movie. The camera work was direct and straightforward, as if the director were composing a still life painting. With the passage of time I remembered this film not as a whole but as a series of vignettes, the sailor marching in the bar, the unrequited lovers waiting for a train on the platform, the father staring into his daughter's empty room. I have recently seen An Autumn Afternoon again, and was not disappointed. Each scene has an almost indescribable longing, an ephemeral quality that speaks to the beauty and sadness of everyday life. I love this film, it is a true work of art.


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