Early Spring (Soshun)
Early Spring (Soshun) (1974)

Like most of director Yasujiro Ozu's work, Early Spring is a deceptively simple family drama: a middle-aged office worker, bored with dreary routines of his job and his marriage, succumbs to a brief fling with the office flirt. His wife… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 25, 1974
DVD Release Date: June 12, 2007
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Ozu's despairing view of postwar Japan looks as harshly at blind modernization as it does at decadent tradition.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

A casual yet meticulously detailed reconstruction of Japan's routinized white-collar milieu.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The simple storyline can't convey the many amazing scenes you get in an Ozu film that few other filmmakers are capable of delivering.

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Nora Sayre
New York Times

With subtle precision, Ozu shows how personal and national anxieties seep through infinite lives. Yet this impeccably acted movie is far from depressing, since the filmmaker stresses that mistakes aren't irreversible.

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Anton Bitel

despite giving full expression to the disappointments and despair of white-collar drudgery... it ends in fragile reconciliation and the restoration of a dream which, though perhaps empty, gains strength precisely from being shared.

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Don Willmott

If you want to know who Yasujiro Ozu was and what he was all about, this is a great place to start.

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Time Out

A typically low-key domestic drama in Ozu's mournful, defeatist vein.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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Impressively shot, thought-provoking and funny, this low-key but intelligent character piece is made with Ozu's considerable attention to detail.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Painfully earnest Ozu. Interesting for its untypical lack of domestic life.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Early Spring" is a long, slow, but eventually rewarding movie that is somewhat of a departure for Yasujiro Ozu. On a stylistic… More
Luke Baldock
Early Spring came between Ozu's incredible masterpieces Tokyo Story and Tokyo Twilight. No surprise then, that it kind of falls flat in places. It's… More
danny d
probably the most morally sensitive film of ozu's brilliant career. there might not be a single betrayal as tragic as one spouse cheating on another, and… More