Regarded by many as the world's finest director, and renowned for his exact, formalist style, Yasujiro Ozu made his first film in 1927 and went on to direct 55 films before his death in 1963. It was only during his final years, however, that his genius as a film-maker was recognised in the West alongside such contemporaries as Bunuel, Bergman and fellow countryman Kurosawa. Late Spring (1949) is the exquisite and moving tale of Noriko (played by remarkable Setsuko Hara), a young woman who sacrifices her independence to dedicate herself to her ailing father.
- The Ozu Collection: Late Spring review by JD
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About a year ago Barry Norman had his top 100 films published in a paper. I watched as many as I could bear and eventually gave up. They were all like this. Desperately dated very slow and soporific. I don't mind an elegant film but it has to keep going.