Rent Late Spring (1949)

4.2 of 5 from 105 ratings
3h 11min
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Synopsis:
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.
Actors:
, , , , , , , , , , , , , , Manzaburo Umewaka, Nobu Nojima, Ichiro Kitamura, Haruo Yasufuku, Soichi Konparu, Tadaichi Aoki
Directors:
Producers:
Takeshi Yamamoto
Writers:
Kazuo Hirotsu, Kôgo Noda, Yasujirô Ozu, Tadao Ikeda, Masao Arata
Aka:
Banshun
Studio:
Tartan
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Countries:
Japan, Classics, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/12/2004
Run Time:
385 minutes
Languages:
Japanese
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Original Trailers
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/06/2010
Run Time:
191 minutes
Languages:
Japanese
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • The Only Son (Hitori Musuko) (1936)
  • 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

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Reviews (2) of Late Spring

Classy film with really strong acting and messages - Late Spring review by Oli

Spoiler Alert
22/11/2017

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.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Barry Norman - Late Spring review by JD

Spoiler Alert
25/05/2009

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.

0 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

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