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Late Spring


  1. Directed by: Yazujiro Ozu
  2. Produced by: Takeshi Yamamoto
  3. Written by: Kazuo Hirotsu
    Kôgo Noda
    Yazujiro Ozu
  4. Music by: Senji Itô
  5. Cinematography by: Yûharu Atsuta
  6. Editing by: Yoshiyasu Hamamura
  7. Release Date: 1949
  8. Running Time: 108 min.
  9. Language: Japanese

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Yasujiro Ozu’s LATE SPRING (1949) is the story of Shukichi, a widowed professor, and Noriko, his unmarried twenty-seven year-old daughter who lives with him and has recently recovered from an illness. The two get along extraordinarily well, and Noriko is content to care for her father’s needs while he works on overdue manuscripts. There is none of the typical inter-generational friction—they happily enjoy each other’s company. When Noriko’s aunt begins to press her and her father that Noriko should be married off, the word “happiness” becomes a bit of a cudgel used by and against a father and daughter who were themselves content to preserve a status quo that, by definition, can’t last forever. The film builds to a subdued climax in which the nature of familial sacrifice and duty are held up as obstacles to experiencing the fruits of love. -- Russell Lucas.


  1. Directed by: Yazujiro Ozu
  2. Produced by: Takeshi Yamamoto
  3. Written by: Kazuo Hirotsu
    Kôgo Noda
    Yazujiro Ozu
  4. Music by: Senji Itô
  5. Cinematography by: Yûharu Atsuta
  6. Editing by: Yoshiyasu Hamamura
  7. Release Date: 1949
  8. Running Time: 108 min.
  9. Language: Japanese

Clips

  1. A&F Discussion Thread
  2. IMDb.com
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Netflix

Yasujiro Ozu’s LATE SPRING (1949) is the story of Shukichi, a widowed professor, and Noriko, his unmarried twenty-seven year-old daughter who lives with him and has recently recovered from an illness. The two get along extraordinarily well, and Noriko is content to care for her father’s needs while he works on overdue manuscripts. There is none of the typical inter-generational friction—they happily enjoy each other’s company. When Noriko’s aunt begins to press her and her father that Noriko should be married off, the word “happiness” becomes a bit of a cudgel used by and against a father and daughter who were themselves content to preserve a status quo that, by definition, can’t last forever. The film builds to a subdued climax in which the nature of familial sacrifice and duty are held up as obstacles to experiencing the fruits of love. -- Russell Lucas.

Yasujiro Ozu’s LATE SPRING (1949) is the story of Shukichi, a widowed professor, and Noriko, his unmarried twenty-seven year-old daughter who lives with him and has recently recovered from an illness. The two get along extraordinarily well, and Noriko is content to care for her father’s needs while he works on overdue manuscripts. There is none of the typical inter-generational friction—they happily enjoy each other’s company. When Noriko’s aunt begins to press her and her father that Noriko should be married off, the word “happiness” becomes a bit of a cudgel used by and against a father and daughter who were themselves content to preserve a status quo that, by definition, can’t last forever. The film builds to a subdued climax in which the nature of familial sacrifice and duty are held up as obstacles to experiencing the fruits of love. -- Russell Lucas.


  1. Directed by: Yazujiro Ozu
  2. Produced by: Takeshi Yamamoto
  3. Written by: Kazuo Hirotsu
    Kôgo Noda
    Yazujiro Ozu
  4. Music by: Senji Itô
  5. Cinematography by: Yûharu Atsuta
  6. Editing by: Yoshiyasu Hamamura
  7. Release Date: 1949
  8. Running Time: 108 min.
  9. Language: Japanese

Clips

  1. A&F Discussion Thread
  2. IMDb.com
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Netflix
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