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An Autumn Afternoon

Yasujiro Ozu

 
An Autumn Afternoon (Criterion Blu-Ray)

17 Feb 2015

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • Japan
  • 1962
  • 113 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.37:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #446

The last film by Yasujiro Ozu was also his final masterpiece, a gently heartbreaking story about a man’s dignifed resignation to life’s shifting currents and society’s modernization. Though the widower Shuhei (frequent Ozu 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 from their home. As elegantly composed and achingly tender as any of the Japanese master’s films, An Autumn Afternoon is one of cinema’s fondest farewells.

Cast

Shuhei Hirayama Chishu Ryu
Michiko Hirayama Shima Iwashita
KoichiKeiji Sada
AkikoMariko Okada
Yutaka Miura Teruo Yoshida
Fusako Taguchi Noriko Maki
KazuoShinichiro Mikami
Shuzo KawaiNobuo Nakamura
Sakuma, “the Gourd” Eijiro Tono
NobukoKuniko Miyake
The bar hostessKyoko Kishida
TamakoMichiyo Tamaki
Shin HorieRyuji Kita
Waitress at WakamatsuToyo Takahashi
Youko SasakiShinobu Asaji
ClassmateMasao Oda
Yoshitaro SakamotoDaisuke Kato
TomokoHaruko Sugimura

Credits

DirectorYasujiro Ozu
WritersKogo Noda and Yasujiro Ozu
ProducerShizuo Yamanouchi
CinematographerYuharu Atsuta
Art directorsTatsuo Hamada and Shigeo Ogiwara
Music coordinatorTakanobu Saito
LightingKenzo Ishiwatari
EditorYoshiyasu Hamamura
Sound editorIchiro Ishii
Assistant directorKozo Tashiro

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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 episode of the French television program Ciné regards, featuring critics Michel Ciment and Georges Perec, that looks back on Ozu’s career
  • Trailers
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: Essays by critic Geoff Andrew and scholar Donald Richie

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

An Autumn Afternoon: A Fond Farewell

By Geoff Andrew September 29, 2008

It was never, of course, Yasujiro Ozu’s intention that An Autumn Afternoon (1962) should be the final film of his thirty-five-year career as a writer-director. Indeed, before he died on his . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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An Autumn Afternoon: Ozu’s Diaries

By Donald Richie September 29, 2008

After Ozu died on his sixtieth birthday, December 12, 1963, some thirty-two diaries were discovered. They were from 1933 to 1963, and though a few years were missing, they offer a commentary on . . . Read more »

Film Essays

An Autumn Afternoon: A Fond Farewell

By Geoff Andrew September 29, 2008

It was never, of course, Yasujiro Ozu’s intention that An Autumn Afternoon (1962) should be the final film of his thirty-five-year career as a writer-director. Indeed, before he died on his . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Currentthumb_662_055_thumbnail

An Autumn Afternoon: Ozu’s Diaries

By Donald Richie September 29, 2008

After Ozu died on his sixtieth birthday, December 12, 1963, some thirty-two diaries were discovered. They were from 1933 to 1963, and though a few years were missing, they offer a commentary on . . . Read more »