Akibiyori (Late Autumn)
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Director Yasujiro Ozu (1903-63) was famous for dramas which focused tightly on the character of family members and friends making sacrifices for one another's happiness. In Akibiyori, a still-beautiful widow has a daughter who is sufficiently past the favored age for marriage to be in danger of becoming an old maid according to the norms of Japanese culture. Three mature men, friends of the family, get together to discuss the widow and her problem daughter. Despite the fact that they each would like to marry the mother, they agree that one of them should make the sacrifice of marrying the… More
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"Cinema that speaks to the soul."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Late Autumn lacks the sublime final moments of Late Spring, but Ozu seems more relaxed, more reflective and more in control here."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Another gem from the Ozu canon, a masterpiece of tendernesss and serio-comic charm, as tonally ambiguous and morally complex as anything he ever made."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A wry, melancholic look at post-war Japanese society."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"A small, quiet but perfectly poised film about family relationships that distills Ozu's static style into an appealing and accessible comedy-drama."
‑ , Film4
"I'm not the world's biggest Ozu fan, but this late work is one of his finest."
‑ Fred Camper, Chicago Reader
"Superb example of the gendai-geki brand of petit-bourgeois melodrama"
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Confounding stylistic expectations, he experiments with a variety of transitional devices while structuring the narrative around blocks of linked scenes."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Another of Yashiru Ozu's late masterpieces, to be put beside Tokyo Story as a commentary on Japanese mores that surpass nationality and manage universal appeal."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"One of the final efforts from one of the great masters of Japanese cinema."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The struggles between the generations pre-date the clashes of the late nineteen-sixties. However, Ozu's extraordinary sensitivity makes them deeply dramatic, all the more so because these gentle, reflective persons seem to have led unruffled lives."
‑ Nora Sayre, New York Times
"Formal and restrained - the sort of cinema that demurely keeps the audience at arm's length. But it has a mild humour."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"It is a happy, handsome film, one of only five that Ozu made in colour."
‑ Leo Robson, Financial Times
"A brilliantly conceived and acted melodramatic film filled with a quiet middle-class family's glow in love and conflict."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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