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Early Summer

Yasujiro Ozu

 
Early Summer (Criterion DVD)

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  • Japan
  • 1951
  • 125 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #240

The Mamiya family is seeking a husband for their daughter, Noriko, but she has ideas of her own. Played by the extraordinary Setsuko Hara, Noriko impulsively chooses her childhood friend, at once fulfilling her family’s desires while tearing them apart. A seemingly simple story, Early Summer is one of Yasujiro Ozu’s most complex works—a nuanced examination of life’s changes across three generations. The Criterion Collection is proud to present one of the director’s most enduring classics.

Cast

Noriko MamiyaSetsuko Hara
Koichi MamiyaChishu Ryu
Aya TamuraChikage Awashima
Fumiko MamiyaKuniko Miyake
Shukichi MamiyaIchiro Sagai
Shige MamiyaChieko Higashiyama
Tami YabeHaruko Sugimura
Kenkichi YabeHiroshi Nihonyanagi
TakakoKuniko Igawa
NishiwakiSeiji Miyaguchi
Sotaro SatakeShuji Sano
Minoru MamiyaZen Murase
Isamu MamiyaIsao Shirosawa
Mitsuko YabeKazuyo Ito
Tomiko NishiwakiTami Yamamoto

Credits

DirectorYasujiro Ozu
WritersKogo Noda and Yasujiro Ozu
ProducerTakeshi Yamamoto
CinematographyYuharu Atsuta
EditingYoshiyasu Hamamura
Art directorTatsuo Hamada
LightingItsuo Takashita
MusicSenji Ito
Assistant directorShohei Imamura
RecordingYoshisaburo Seno

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound
  • Audio commentary by Japanese-film expert Donald Richie, author of Ozu and A Hundred Years of Japanese Film
  • Ozu’s Films from Behind-the-Scenes, a conversation about Ozu and his working methods between child-actor and sound technician Kojiro Suematsu, assistant cameraman Takashi Kawamata, and Ozu producer Shizuo Yamanouchi
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • Plus: a new essay by film scholar David Bordwell, author of Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema, and an essay about Ozu by filmmaker Jim Jarmusch

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

Early Summer

By David Bordwell July 19, 2004

Today, ambitious directors experiment with the ensemble plot. More and more they shift away from a single protagonist and toward a group of characters connected by kinship, friendship, or some . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Early Summer

By David Bordwell July 19, 2004

Today, ambitious directors experiment with the ensemble plot. More and more they shift away from a single protagonist and toward a group of characters connected by kinship, friendship, or some . . . Read more »