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Friday, September 22, 2023

Late Spring- A 1949 Movie Directed by Akira Kurosawa- Run Time 1 hour and 48 minutes

 Available on YouTube with English Subtitles

The film tells the story of Noriko Somiya (Setsuko Hara), a 27-year-old woman who lives with her widowed father, Shukichi (Chishû Ryû). Noriko is perfectly happy with her life as it is, but her father and other people in her life are concerned that she should get married. Shukichi eventually agrees to allow his aunt Masa (Haruko Sugimura) to arrange a marriage for Noriko, but Noriko is reluctant to go through with it.

The film is a sensitive and moving exploration of the relationship between a father and daughter, and the sacrifices that each makes for the other. It is also a meditation on the themes of love, duty, and tradition.

Late Spring is a moving and poignant film about the relationship between a father and daughter. It is also a meditation on the nature of love, sacrifice, and duty. The film is considered to be one of Ozu's masterpieces and is widely regarded as one of the greatest Japanese films ever made.

Late Spring is notable for its minimalist style and its focus on character development. Ozu uses long takes, static camera shots, and low-key lighting to create a sense of calm and contemplation. He also pays close attention to the details of everyday life, such as the way Noriko and her father interact with each other.

The film has been praised for its realistic portrayal of Japanese society in the postwar era. It also explores universal themes such as the conflict between love and duty, and the importance of family.

Late Spring is a timeless film that continues to resonate with audiences today. It is a deeply moving and thought-provoking film that will stay with you long after you have seen it.

Mel Ulm

1 comment:

Buried In Print said...

I've not seen this one, yet, but I see you've watched it on YT. Amazing what one can find there to watch, completely. It sounds beautiful.