Yasujiro Ozu

Late Autumn

Late Autumn

The great actress and Ozu regular Setsuko Hara plays a mother gently trying to persuade her daughter to marry in this glowing portrait of family love and conflict—a reworking of Ozu's 1949 masterpiece Late Spring.

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Eclipse Series 3: Late Ozu

Eclipse 3: Late Ozu

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Late Autumn
Cast
Setsuko Hara
Akiko Miwa
Yoko Tsukasa
Ayako
Mariko Okada
Yuriko Sasaki
Keiji Sata
Shotaro Goto
Shin Saburi
Soichi Mamiya
Sadako Sawamaru
Fumiko
Miyuki Kuwano
Michiko
Masahiko Shimazu
Tadao
Chishu Ryu
Shukichi Miwa
Credits
Director
Yasujiro Ozu
Screenplay
Yasujiro Ozu
Screenplay
Kogo Noda
Based on the novel by
Ton Satomi
Cinematography
Yuharu Atsuta
Art direction
Tatsuo Hamada
Music
Kojun Saito
Editing
Yoshiyasu Hamamura

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Yasujiro Ozu

Writer, Director

Yasujiro Ozu has often been called the “most Japanese” of Japan’s great directors. From 1927, the year of his debut for Shochiku studios, to 1962, when, a year before his death at age sixty, he made his final film, Ozu consistently explored the rhythms and tensions of a country trying to reconcile modern and traditional values, especially as played out in relations between the generations. Though he is best known for his sobering 1953 masterpiece Tokyo Story, the apex of his portrayals of the changing Japanese family, Ozu began his career in the thirties, in a more comedic, though still socially astute, mode, with such films as I Was Born, But . . . and Dragnet Girl. He then gradually mastered the domestic drama during the war years and afterward, employing both physical humor, as in Good Morning, and distilled drama, as in Late Spring, Early Summer, and Floating Weeds. Though Ozu was discovered relatively late in the Western world, his trademark rigorous style—static shots, often from the vantage point of someone sitting low on a tatami mat; patient pacing; moments of transcendence as represented by the isolated beauty of everyday objects—has been enormously influential among directors seeking a cinema of economy and poetry.