Late Spring

Fri 9th June – 19:30 Terry O’Toole Theatre
Japan 1949
Dir: Yasujirô Ozu
Cert U
108 mins
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.

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