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Late Spring

Japan, Japanese, 108 mins

Original Title

Banshun
  • Director: Yasujirô Ozu
  • Writer: Kazuo Hirotsu; Kôgo Noda
  • Producer: Takeshi Yamamoto

CGiii Comment

Ozu was a prolific Japanese filmmaker - purported to be gay, he lived with his mother all his life.

This so-called masterpiece is anything but...........a 27 year old woman is basically forced into marriage - all she wants to do is look after her constant-smiling father.

It's not exactly ground-breaking stuff......it's mannered, polite and wholly artificial....considering when and where it was made - in a defeated occupied Japan, in the aftermath of Enola Gay..........

As a comment on marriage: women are regarded as a commodity.....expected to obey tradition and duty.

The sentiment is sickeningly sweet, the irksome gentility will have you barfing into a bucket in next to no time.

Cast & Characters

Chishu Ryu as Shukichi Somiya;
Setsuko Hara as Noriko Somiya;
Yumeji Tsukioka as Aya Kitagawa;
Haruko Sugimura as Masa Taguchi;
Hohi Aoki as Katsuyoshi;
Jun Usami as Shoichi Hattori;
Kuniko Miyake as Akiko Miwa;
Masao Mishima as Jo Onodera;
Yoshiko Tsubouchi as Kiku;
Yoko Katsuragi as Misako

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