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Late Spring (Criterion Collection) (1949)

Cast: Masao Mishima, Jun Usami, Kuniko Miyake, more...
Director: Yasujiro Ozu, Wim Wenders
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Foreign, Japan, Criterion Collection
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English

Synopses
Late Spring (Criterion Collection) (1949)
Veteran Japanese writer/director Yasujiro Ozu's second postwar production was 1949's Late Spring or Banshun. Chisu Ryu plays another of Ozu's realistic middle-class types, this time a widower with a marriageable daughter. Not wishing to see the girl resign herself to spinsterhood, Ryu pretends that he himself is about to be married. The game plan is to convince the daughter that they'll be no room for her at home, thus forcing her to seek comfort and joy elsewhere. What makes this homey little domestic episode work is the rapport between Chisu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, who plays the daughter. Late Spring is no facile Hollywood farce; we like these people, believe in them, and wish them the best. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Late Spring (Criterion Collection) (Bonus Disc) (1949)
Veteran Japanese writer/director Yasujiro Ozu's second postwar production was 1949's Late Spring or Banshun. Chisu Ryu plays another of Ozu's realistic middle-class types, this time a widower with a marriageable daughter. Not wishing to see the girl resign herself to spinsterhood, Ryu pretends that he himself is about to be married. The game plan is to convince the daughter that they'll be no room for her at home, thus forcing her to seek comfort and joy elsewhere. What makes this homey little domestic episode work is the rapport between Chisu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, who plays the daughter. Late Spring is no facile Hollywood farce; we like these people, believe in them, and wish them the best. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Please Note: Tokyo-ga (1985) is included on the Late Spring Bonus Disc

In this intriguing documentary, award-winning German director and producer Wim Wenders combines clips from one of his favorite directors, Ozu Yasujiro (see the tribute to Ozu, Ikite wa Mita Keredo.. by Inoue Kazuo), with actual scenes from the sprawling, crowded megalopolis of Tokyo to discover where the real world and cinematic license may intersect, if at all. Ozu's films captured the poignant and fleeting aspects of worldly existence -- as in colorful autumn leaves that cannot last long. Wenders almost emulates his technique when he decides, in this 92-minute look at Tokyo -- to spend time on fragments of city life that are telling, eloquent statements of a Japanese ethic. Golfers on city rooftops, the neon lights of the famous Ginza shopping area, baseball games in a cemetery, the omnipresent televisions (even in taxis), and the waxed-over food that stands for months and years in restaurant windows to advertise the menu are all surreal and eloquent scenes. Juxtaposed against the noise and bustling crowds in a city in which people live elbow-to-elbow -- and contrasted with viewpoints on Ozu offered by two former associates -- these scenes and their counterpoints present a well-rounded view of Tokyo, Ozu, and what it means to be Wim Wenders filming in Japan. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide


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Late Spring (Criterion Collection) (1949)
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Most accessible Ozu by RMorris May 18, 2007 - 11:03 AM PDT
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I found this the best entry point into the world of Ozu. Although, as usual, nothing much happens, the characters, situations, and conversations are interesting and entertaining. The main stars, Chishu Ryu and the stunning Setsuko Hara, build depth and grace into their characters, and the end of the film, when father and daughter finally part from each other, is one of the most honest and genuine sequences ever put on film. Watch especially for the moment when Hara, breathtakingly garbed in traditional wedding apparel, expresses gratitude to her father for the richness of their life together. Very moving.

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