The Only Son/There Was a Father:  Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu The Only Son/There Was a Father:  Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu

The Only Son/There Was a Father:
Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu

 
The Only Son/There Was a Father:  Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu (Criterion DVD)

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Box Set Info

  • Spine #524

These rare early films from Yasujiro Ozu are considered by many to be two of the Japanese director’s finest works, paving the way for a career among the most sensitive and significant in cinema. The Only Son and There Was a Father make a graceful pair, bookending a crucial period in Japanese history. In the former, Ozu’s first sound film, made during a time of intense economic crisis, a mother sacrifices her own happiness for her son’s education; the latter, released in the midst of World War II, stars Ozu stalwart Chishu Ryu as a widowed schoolteacher whose devotion to his son ends up driving them apart. Criterion proudly presents these nearly lost treasures for the first time on home video.

Collector’s Set Includes

The Only Son box cover

The Only Son

Yasujiro Ozu 1936

Yasujiro Ozu’s first talkie, the uncommonly poignant The Only Son is among the Japanese director’s greatest works, a simple story about a good-natured mother who gives up everything to ensure her son’s education and future.


There Was a Father box cover

There Was a Father

Yasujiro Ozu 1942

Yasujiro Ozu’s frequent leading man Chishu Ryu is riveting as Shuhei, a widowed high school teacher who finds that the more he tries to do what is best for his son’s future, the more they are separated.

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DVD SET

  • New high-definition digital transfers
  • New video interviews with film scholars Tadao Sato, David Bordwell, and Kristin Thompson
  • New and improved English subtitle translations
  • PLUS: Booklets featuring essays by critic and historian Tony Rayns, an appreciation of actor Chishu Ryu by Japanese film scholar Donald Richie, and comments by Ryu on director Yasujiro Ozu

    New covers by Adrian Tomine