Sanma no aji (An Autumn Afternoon) (The Widower)
Sanma no aji (An Autumn Afternoon) (The Widower) (1964)

In this film, three elderly men discuss the problem of a friend's unmarried daughter. The threesome decides to arrange a marriage for the girl, whether she likes it or not. Their machinations are counterpointed by a comic subplot… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 30, 2008
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

The fatal bargain of old age has rarely been observed as sharply as in Yasujiro Ozu's last film, from 1962.

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New York Times

Such a completely realized example of the Ozu art that it seems impossible he did not intend it to be a kind of testament.

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Kate Muir
Times [UK]

An Autumn Afternoon by the great Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu is as exquisite and delicate as his other works, but has the added poignancy of being his last film.

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Variety Staff

This view of contemporary middle class life in Japan is too leisurely paced, too sentimental in design and its humorous social comments too infrequent.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Stylistically it's one of Ozu's purest, most elemental works: no camera movement, very little movement within the frames, and hardly any apparent narrative progression.

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Tara Brady
Irish Times

Yasujiro Ozu didn't know that this unbearably poignant 1962 drama would be his final film. But An Autumn Afternoon is as fitting a swansong as ever there was.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Only this film and Good Morning were made in colour, but Ozu applies it here with great care and precision, another mark of his sublime philosophical and cinematic continuity.

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Geoff Andrew
Sight and Sound

While An Autumn Afternoon is in so many ways wholly typical of Ozu, it's also a very distinct variation, following beautifully from its predecessors.

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Geoffrey Macnab

Yasujiro Ozu's final film, re-released in a restored version, is a stately, slow-burning but very moving family drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
The second film I had the pleasure to see during the Ozu Retrospective in Seoul. Out of his 36 surviving films only the last 6 were in color. Despite this he… More
Walter M.
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu, "An Autumn Afternoon" is a generally agreeable, if overly familiar, movie about Shuhei Hirayama(Chishu Ryu) who is starting… More
Anthony Lawrie
On the face of it, this seems like more of the same from Ozu but there is one real difference. It is far more contemplative. He's never made a film about… More
danny d
ozu's final film is a great and fitting end to one of the great careers in film history. as with so many of his films he hits on family and many of his… More