Late Autumn (Akibiyori)
Late Autumn (Akibiyori) (1973)

At the annual memorial service of their friend Miwa, three old buddies propose to find a husband for his daughter Ayako. She refuses because she wants to remain by her mother Akiko's side. The men, who harbour a lifetime crush on Akiko… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 16, 1973
DVD Release Date: June 12, 2007
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Cinema that speaks to the soul.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Late Autumn lacks the sublime final moments of Late Spring, but Ozu seems more relaxed, more reflective and more in control here.

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Peter Bradshaw

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.

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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader

I'm not the world's biggest Ozu fan, but this late work is one of his finest.

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Empire Magazine

Superb example of the gendai-geki brand of petit-bourgeois melodrama

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Confounding stylistic expectations, he experiments with a variety of transitional devices while structuring the narrative around blocks of linked scenes.

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Nora Sayre
New York Times

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.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

Formal and restrained - the sort of cinema that demurely keeps the audience at arm's length. But it has a mild humour.

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Leo Robson
Financial Times

It is a happy, handsome film, one of only five that Ozu made in colour.

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Bob Stinson
Rockin' color Ozu. So sweet.
danny d
although this film is a reworking of ozu's 1949 film "early spring", it also bears some striking similarities to equinox flower in terms of… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Late Autumn" starts at a remembrance on the sixth anniversary of the death of Akiko's(Setsuko Hara) husband which is also… More