Yasujiro Ozu's hugely influential award-winning masterpiece, 'Late Spring', is a tender meditation on family politics, sacrifice and the status quo. Noriko (Setsuko Hara) and her father, Professor Somiya (Chishu Ryu), live together in perfect harmony but old certainties are put at risk when an interfering aunt raises the question of marriage. Introducing Ozu's popular Noriko character, 'Late Spring' poignantly examines the gradual compromise between modernity and tradition.
A powerful tale of sacrifice and hope set against the backdrop of depression-era Japan. Otsune Nonomiya (Choko Lida) works long hours in a silk factory to fund her son Ryosuke's college education in Tokyo. But when she visits him to see his new life she finds some very startling surprises
Classy film with really strong acting and messages
- Late Spring review by Oli
Just dismiss the review above without any thought, sure it can be a bit slow at times but its story, Ozu does a good job in this and many similar films that I've seen (Tokyo Story, An Autumn Afternoon) of detailing the characters with intellect, so you feel like you're a part of their world. It's just build up which is a part of good cinema, if the story/characters are interesting enough to keep it going what difference does it make? I'll admit to one thing the above said though, you could argue it's a little bit dated, it didn't make a difference for me though as the story is brilliant and Ozu like he always does, does a great job of conveying important messages and important characters into one very satisfying film. I have to also mention the acting is always brilliant in Ozu's films, Setsuko Hara is stunningly beautiful and you feel mesmerized by her like you do in so many other of Ozu's films, and Chishû Ryû always plays this fantastic calm presence with a bit of a boyish side but a caring one.
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.