Akibiyori (Late Autumn) (1973)

Akibiyori (Late Autumn)




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Director Yasujiro Ozu (1903-63) was famous for dramas which focused tightly on the character of family members and friends making sacrifices for one another's happiness. In Akibiyori, a still-beautiful widow has a daughter who is sufficiently past the favored age for marriage to be in danger of becoming an old maid according to the norms of Japanese culture. Three mature men, friends of the family, get together to discuss the widow and her problem daughter. Despite the fact that they each would … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ton Satomi, Kgo Noda
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On DVD: Jun 12, 2007
CJ Entertainment

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as Shuzo Taguchi

as The Young Man

as Akiko Miwa

as Yukiko Sasaki

as Shukichi Miwa

as Soichi Mamiya

as Tsuneo Sugiyama
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Critic Reviews for Akibiyori (Late Autumn)

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Cinema that speaks to the soul.

Full Review… | February 2, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 19, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 19, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 16, 2010
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review… | February 2, 2010
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review… | February 2, 2010
Times [UK]

Audience Reviews for Akibiyori (Late Autumn)


Rockin' color Ozu. So sweet.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


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 theme, actors, and set designs which were identical in some cases. the film started slow and i was unsure how it would turn out, by the end it had become an epic romantic drama that drew some strong emotion. unlike ozu's usual approach which focuses specifically on family strife, this film is about families but deals more with romance. the film also fuses comedy into the drama to a far greater degree than the typical ozu film causing me to laugh out loud on more than one occasion. a beautiful film.

danny d

Super Reviewer

[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 attended by her daughter Ayako(Yoko Tsukasa) and a trio of his closest friends who were smitten with Akiko before she married, frequenting the pharmacy where she worked, going so far as to buy unnecessary medical supplies. As the evening wears on, the focus turns to Ayako who at the advanced age of 24 is still not married.(Her hesitancy comes from not wishing to abandon her mother.) So, the three friends snap into action with a search for a match but sadly, the first candidate is already engaged...[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"Late Autumn" is a touching and engaging if talky movie about moving on. That having been said, this reminds me too much of another of director Yasujiro Ozu's movies that I have seen to be considered anything more than just a variation on a theme.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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