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9 June 2017: Late Spring


Late Spring
Yasujirō Ozu
1949 | 108 min | B/W | 35mm

"The first and finest telling of a story Ozu was to remake with variations many times, Late Spring focuses on the dilemma faced by a young woman (Hara) who lives with her widowed father. She refuses several marriage offers, preferring to keep her father company rather than assume the duties of a housewife and mother. Determined that she will wed, he lets her think that he plans to remarry. Hailed by Donald Richie as "one of the most perfect, the most complete, and most successful studies of character ever achieved in Japanese cinema," Late Spring was also one of Ozu’s personal favorites." – Harvard Film Archive

Part of our season on Yasujirō Ozu’s Noriko Trilogy