Late Spring [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [Japanese] [1949]

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Special Features

  • Audio Commentary by Richard Peña, Program Director of New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center
  • Tokyo-ga (1985), Filmmaker Wim Wender'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


Late Spring
Veteran Japanese writer/director Yasujiro Ozu's second postwar production was 1949's Late Spring or Banshun. Chisu Ryu plays another of Ozu's realistic middle-class types, this time a widower with a marriageable daughter. Not wishing to see the girl resign herself to spinsterhood, Ryu pretends that he himself is about to be married. The game plan is to convince the daughter that they'll be no room for her at home, thus forcing her to seek comfort and joy elsewhere. What makes this homey little domestic episode work is the rapport between Chisu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, who plays the daughter. Late Spring is no facile Hollywood farce; we like these people, believe in them, and wish them the best. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Setsuko Hara
    Setsuko Hara - Noriko
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    Masao Mishima - Jo Onodera
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    Kuniko Miyake - Akiko Miwa
  • Chishu Ryu
    Chishu Ryu - Shukichi Somiya
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    Haruko Sugimura - Masa Taguchi

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