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Late Spring

Yasujiro Ozu

 
Late Spring (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Japan
  • 1949
  • 108 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #331

One of the most powerful of Yasujiro Ozu’s family portraits, Late Spring (Banshun) tells the story of a widowed father who feels compelled to marry off his beloved only daughter. Eminent Ozu players Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara command this poignant tale of love and loss in postwar Japan, which remains as potent today as ever—and a strong justification for its maker’s inclusion in the pantheon of cinema’s greatest directors.

Cast

Shukichi Somiya Chishu Ryu
Noriko SomiyaSetsuko Hara
Aya Kitagawa Yumeji Tsukioka
Masa Taguchi Haruko Sugimura
Katsuyoshi TaguchiHohi Aoki
Shoichi HattoriJun Usami
Akiko MiwaKuniko Miyake
Jo OnoderaMasao Mishima
KikuYoshiko Tsubouchi
MisakoYoko Katsuragi
ShigeToyoko Takahashi
Bar owner of TakigawaIchiro Shimizu
Seizo HayashiJun Tanizaki
Teacher at tea ceremonyYoko Benisawa

Credits

DirectorYasujiro Ozu
ScriptKogo Noda and Yasujiro Ozu
Based on the novel byKazuo Hirotsu
CinematographyYuharu Atsuta
ProducerTakeshi Yamamoto
Art directorTatsuo Hamada
LightingHaruo Isono
EditingYoshiyasu Hamamura
MusicSenji Ito

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Richard Peña, program director of New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center
  • Tokyo-ga (1985), filmmaker Wim Wenders’s ninety-two-minute documentary about director Yasujiro Ozu
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critic Michael Atkinson and Japanese-film historian Donald Richie, as well as Ozu’s thoughts on screenwriter Kogo Noda

    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Film Essays

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Late Spring: Home with Ozu

By Michael Atkinson April 17, 2012

Maybe it is something to do with the sensual seductiveness of cinema: as new-millennium Americans, we care nothing for Japanese poetry, little for Japanese painting and fiction, and certainly . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Ozu and Setsuko Hara

By Donald Richie April 17, 2011

The actress Setsuko Hara is now so coupled with her roles in the films of Yasujiro Ozu that she is often seen as the archetypal Ozu female, and her other parts are forgotten. Yet her career was . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

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Late Spring: Home with Ozu

By Michael Atkinson April 17, 2012

Maybe it is something to do with the sensual seductiveness of cinema: as new-millennium Americans, we care nothing for Japanese poetry, little for Japanese painting and fiction, and certainly . . . Read more »


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Three Reasons


Film Essays

Ozu and Setsuko Hara

By Donald Richie April 17, 2011

The actress Setsuko Hara is now so coupled with her roles in the films of Yasujiro Ozu that she is often seen as the archetypal Ozu female, and her other parts are forgotten. Yet her career was . . . Read more »