Akibiyori (Late Autumn) (1973)
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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 like to marry the mother, they agree that one of them should make the sacrifice of marrying the daughter. They discuss their marriage idea with the mother, not the daughter (as is customary). Somehow, the girl hears of it, and is infuriated. She has said all along that though she wants to get married someday, she wants to remain single for some time longer. Now she is angry enough to threaten to accept the family friend's suit simply out of spite. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi … More
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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)
I'm not the world's biggest Ozu fan, but this late work is one of his finest.
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.
Late Autumn lacks the sublime final moments of Late Spring, but Ozu seems more relaxed, more reflective and more in control here.
Superb example of the gendai-geki brand of petit-bourgeois melodrama
Audience Reviews for Akibiyori (Late Autumn)
Rockin' color Ozu. So sweet.
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.
[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]
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