Late Spring
Late Spring (1949)

Veteran Japanese writer/director Yasujiro Ozu's second postwar production was 1949's Late Spring or Banshun. Chisu Ryu plays another of Ozu's realistic middle-class types, this time a widower with a marriageable daughter. Not… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 30, 1994
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

One of the best two or three films Ozu ever made.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Sadness is tempered with humor, even to a 'good luck' wallet found under a policeman's nose, just as, tempered by the unknown and unforeseeable, life itself is sweet as well as bitter.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

impermanence... forms the film's true subject - and it is Ozu's ambivalence towards it, as though he wants both to board the train, and to stay on the platform, that ultimately gives Late Spring its bittersweet resonance.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Ozu's characters don't seek ecstasy, not because they are afraid of it but because they are brave enough to accept compromise.

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Eric Melin

Ozu's low camera position helps the audience relate to his characters, and his almost-always static shots portray the sturdy demeanor of his characters.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Haiku-like in its title, its interest in the undramatic silences between scenes, and its enfolding of human behaviour within nature, Late Spring offers tenderness in the place of melodrama and patient truth in the place of sudden revelation.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Yasujiro Ozu's 1949 film inaugurated his majestic late period: it's here that he decisively renounces melodrama (and, indeed, most surface action of any kind) and lets his camera settle into the still, long-take contemplation.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Ozu trains his trademarked fixed camera on the deceptively simple story of a father and daughter and finds in it nothing short of the whole wide world.

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Jeremy Heilman

An early indicator of Ozu's late-career greatness, his remarkably subtle family drama Late Spring finds him at his expressive peak.

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Luke Baldock
Another fantastic example of Ozu's work. As usual, very restrianed and very simple. Ozu examines family relationships and the social beliefs of Japan at… More
Stella Dallas
every bit as good as tokyo story, due in large part to setsuko hara's subtle performance and the film's investment in her character. the plot… More
danny d
although ozu typically starts slow, this film begins slower than most of his. however, by the time it picks up, it becomes one of ozu's most emotionally… More
Lanning : )
<b>Banshun</b><p>A beautiful -- and very modern feeling, considering it is nearly 60 years old -- portrayal of the changing concepts of family… More
Saskia D.
What I liked about this movie, is the gradual attachment that grows between you and the characters. I've got this with all the Ozu's I've seen so… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Late Spring", Professor Somiya(Chishu Ryu) is a widow who lives with his grown daughter, Noriko(Setsuko Hara), in the suburbs… More