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An Autumn Afternoon

Yasujiro Ozu

 
An Autumn Afternoon (Criterion DVD)

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  • Japan
  • 1962
  • 113 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #446

Yasujiro Ozu’s final film was also his final masterpiece, the gently heartbreaking story of a man’s dignified resignation to both life’s ever-shifting currents and society’s gradual modernization. Though widower Shuhei Hirayama (Ozu’s frequent leading man Chishu Ryu) has been living comfortably for years with his grown daughter, a series of events leads him to accept and encourage her marriage and departure. As elegantly composed and achingly tender as any of the Japanese master’s films, An Autumn Afternoon (Sanma no aji) is one of cinema’s fondest farewells.

Cast

Michiko Hirayama Shima Iwashita
Shuhei Hirayama Chishu Ryu
KoichiKeiji Sata
AkikoMariko Okada
KazuoShinichiro Mikami
Yutaka Miura Teruo Yoshida
Fusako Taguchi Noriko Maki
Shuzo KawaiNobuo Nakamura
NobukoKuniko Miyake
Sakuma, the "Gourd" Eijiro Tono
TomokoHaruko Sugimura

Credits

DirectorYasujiro Ozu
ScreenplayYasujiro Ozu and Kogo Noda
CinematographyYuharu Atsuta
Art directorTatsuo Hamada
Music coordinatorKojun Saito
LightingKenzo Ishiwatari
EditingYoshiyasu Hamamura

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • New audio commentary featuring film scholar David Bordwell, author of Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema
  • Excerpts from “Yasujiro Ozu and The Taste of Sake,” a 1978 French television program looking back on Ozu’s career, featuring critics Michel Ciment and Georges Perec
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by film critic Geoff Andrew and film scholar Donald Richie

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

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An Autumn Afternoon: Ozu’s Diaries

By Donald RichieSeptember 29, 2008

After Ozu died on his sixtieth birthday, December 12, 1963, some thirty-two diaries were . . . Read more »


Film Essays

An Autumn Afternoon: A Fond Farewell

By Geoff AndrewSeptember 29, 2008

It was never, of course, Yasujiro Ozu’s intention that An Autumn Afternoon (1962) should be . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Currentthumb_662_055_thumbnail

An Autumn Afternoon: Ozu’s Diaries

By Donald RichieSeptember 29, 2008

After Ozu died on his sixtieth birthday, December 12, 1963, some thirty-two diaries were . . . Read more »


Film Essays

An Autumn Afternoon: A Fond Farewell

By Geoff AndrewSeptember 29, 2008

It was never, of course, Yasujiro Ozu’s intention that An Autumn Afternoon (1962) should be . . . Read more »