Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Rewatching Late Spring again, I noticed several occasions where a character deliberately breaks the fourth wall, speaking directly into the camera rather than ahead of it (which Ozu usually does). Overview. Audiences will thus not be confused with the screen direction (ie.

A young man and his wife struggle within the confines of their passionless relationship while he has an extramarital romance.

Change ). "Late Spring" remains possibly Ozu's perfect depiction of postwar Japanese family life; this study of a widower (Chishu Ryu) and his unmarried daughter (Setsuko Hara) and the societal pressures to conform (they are happy with their lives, but all their friends and relatives think the daughter must get married) is full of subtle humor, gentle poignancy, and sharp insights.

35 19 Late Spring is about as gentle a film can get. Some of the things he did, such as the symmetrically centered shot reverse shots, probably had no particular intentions on the effects that I experienced and tried to explain in the last two paragraphs.

Late Spring might be described as the archetypal Ozu set-up, and the first in the so-called ‘Noriko trilogy’, in which Setsuko Hara played effectively the same character in different household situations.
Drama, Certificate: Tous Public I was surprised that we never see her prospective husband, just get a mention that he looks a bit like Gary Cooper.

I love all three of the "Noriko Trilogy" films. View production, box office, & company info. Its montage of scenes from "Late Spring" captures the spirit of Ozu much better than I can in words. I concentrated on the great work by Setsuko Hara in this film, but as you say Ozu perennial Chishu Ryu who plays the father is also responsible for the film's power. Readerman, poignancy--yes that's key to an appreciation of Ozu. 0000002952 00000 n The comparison to still life painting is an apt one. 0000003624 00000 n

Noriko just recovered from an illness she developed in the war, and now the important question pops up: when will Noriko start thinking about marriage? Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. It can also be purchased on DVD as an import from some commercial internet sites, such as Facets Video (www.facets.org) and Ebay.com. Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl).

In Late Spring, as in Tokyo Story, shot-reverse-shots are almost never filmed in the traditional over the shoulder fashion that is typical of Hollywood films. xref startxref She wants to stay with her father to take care of him. Character A, who first appeared screen right, does not “jump” to screen left). Laura, I saw "The Makioka Sisters" recently and liked it very much. I've only just started to dip into Japanese films -- I really liked the more recent THE MAKIOKA SISTERS and SHALL WE DANCE. Life then, is not only “disappointing” as Noriko puts it in Tokyo Story, but also inevitable. 0000006684 00000 n Certificate: Tous Public

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Kim, Ozu is for me one of the most painterly of all filmmakers. 0000003845 00000 n I do not withhold plot details that are necessary to make my point. Was this review helpful to you? It also, like the Ozu film you describe, was a deceptively "static" movie -- no big setpieces or climaxes, but just small, quite moments that culminate in a larger realization, in this case of the doomed sadness of the young protagonist's life. Noriko just recovered from an illness she developed in the war, and now the important question pops up: when will Noriko start thinking about marriage? (My own favorite Ozu film is 1959's "Floating Weeds"--Rober Ebert's too!) She arranges a partner for her and thinks of a plan that will convince Noriko her father can be left alone. I appreciate it very much.Best wishes,Laura. Some have been released individually, and a whole group of them are in included in their Eclipse Series release on Ozu.David Thomson expresses the opinion that Kurosawa (who I also love) is the most Western of all well-known Japanese directors and that's why his movies are popular in the West but not in Japan.

Director: Yasujiro Ozu Late Spring was the third picture Yasujiro Ozu made after the end of the Second World War, and in many ways it established the pattern for the typical postwar Ozu film. %%EOF But it has to be acknowledged that Ozu was an artist that kept his style and expressions of the film grammar consistent through the oeuvre of his films.

But Noriko's aunt doesn't want to give up. I think of Ozu as the most subtle of all filmmakers.

Thomson says that the typical (classic) Japanese movie made for domestic consumption is a small often rather sentimental family drama. Add the first question. 108 min. It has to be acknowledged that Ozu was often playful even with the most severe of his films. Yasujiro Ozu sums up this philosophy in Late Spring, a serene depiction of the acceptance of life's inevitabilities and the sadness that follows it. I'm pretty much of a Kurosawa completist, but then, his films seems to be much more readily available for viewing than Ozu's, or of other Japanese filmmakers. A businessman clashes with his elder daughter over her choice of a husband. Late Spring

Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. In later reviews, I intend to explore this notion of inevitability and unbreakable bonds against the context of Zen Buddhism. %PDF-1.4 %���� 0000003382 00000 n

Late Spring (1949) The postwar era saw Ozu and his screenwriter Kogo Noda narrowing their focus almost exclusively towards family life.

It's the kind of film that, except for the occasional oddity like Good Morning (1959), Ozu continued making until his death in 1963. This review picks up from the earlier review on Ozu’s Tokyo Story, where the use of narrative ellipses was explained against the backdrop of Tokyo Story. R.D., I saw this film some months ago on television and thought it was wonderful - all the little details and nuances that build up are astonishing, and although so little happens on the surface much of the time it never feels slow. Your post is beautifully written and quite evocative, and I realize that I've a gap in my film education! Ozu is one of the great new experiences of my last few years of film viewing. A family chooses a match for their daughter Noriko, but she, surprisingly, has her own plans. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 0000003921 00000 n The montage of shots in the first part of the Criterion video gives a wonderful sense of this.Ozu tended to use the same actors again and again and always seemed to have wonderful rapport with them. ( Log Out /  Kitakamakura Station, Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan. 0
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35 0 obj <> endobj I should also thank you for directing me to so many fine films of Ozu, including this one.

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