Early Summer
Early Summer (1951)

Writer/director Yasujiro Ozu combines two of his favorite themes--the culture clashes in modern Japan and the emergence of the independent Japanese woman--in Early Summer (Bakushu). Setsuko Hara plays a young woman of the post-war era who… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1951
DVD Release Date: July 20, 2004
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

If you've seen one Ozu film, you probably have the drift of his austere, quiet style, and you don't need my recommendation. If you haven't, take a chance.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The usual Yasujiro Ozu masterpiece about the clash in family life over traditional and modern values in postwar Japan.

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Jake Euker

the perfect vehicle for chronicling the small pleasures and disappointments that comprise the bigger enterprise of life

Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Rich look at romantic lives of everyday Japanese, with a profound lesbian subtext.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Ozu's films fill me with such a profound sense of serenity and emotional richness that it makes me wonder why people rent or buy anyone else's movies.

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Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

Ozu newcomers will have trouble following the 19 characters, but fans will love it.

Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

in keeping with the shift in seasons, there is a comic lightness to the proceedings - even if, as the film draws towards its conclusion, we become increasingly aware of autumn's chilly approach.

Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Early Summer is the apotheosis of Ozu's investigations of domestic, geographical and emotional space.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
All bow before the three-headed God of Ryu, Hara and Ozu!
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=darkorchid]"Early Summer" is a Japanese film from 1951. It is about Noriko, who is a young woman with a stable extended… More
Christopher Brown
Ozu is a master and telling simple stories about family, one of my favourite subject matters. A great story of tradition and modern life that truly reflects… More