Fri 9th June – 19:30 Terry O’Toole Theatre
Dir: Yasujirô Ozu
Starring: Setsuko Hara, Chishû Ryû
With understated elegance director Ozu depicts the life of a young, single Japanese woman, Noriko, as her family repeatedly tries to persuade her to marry, in the years immediately following the Second World War. However, Noriko is not interested in marriage, admitting that she is perfectly happy as she is, looking after her widowed father. At the same time ancient Japanese values and new Western ideas introduced since the country’s defeat make contradictory demands on Noriko, her family and friends. “Late Spring” is an exquisite example of Japanese “shomin-geki” cinema, which deals with the daily lives of ordinary people in a contemporary setting.
‘Three Reasons’ to watch it: