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
Oct 16, 1973 Wide
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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.
Formal and restrained - the sort of cinema that demurely keeps the audience at arm's length. But it has a mild humour.
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.
Confounding stylistic expectations, he experiments with a variety of transitional devices while structuring the narrative around blocks of linked scenes.
It is a happy, handsome film, one of only five that Ozu made in colour.
Another of Yashiru Ozu's late masterpieces, to be put beside Tokyo Story as a commentary on Japanese mores that surpass nationality and manage universal appeal.
A brilliantly conceived and acted melodramatic film filled with a quiet middle-class family's glow in love and conflict.
A small, quiet but perfectly poised film about family relationships that distills Ozu's static style into an appealing and accessible comedy-drama.
One of the final efforts from one of the great masters of Japanese cinema.
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