Early Spring (Soshun) (1974)
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Like most of director Yasujiro Ozu's work, Early Spring is a deceptively simple family drama: a middle-aged office worker, bored with dreary routines of his job and his marriage, succumbs to a brief fling with the office flirt. His wife inevitably discovers his infidelity, but when he accepts a transfer to the country, she follows him to start their life anew. Ozu's depiction of marital difficulties is hardly depressing. Instead he employs his signature warmth, sensitivity, and humor to create a
Sep 25, 1974 Limited
Jun 12, 2007
New Yorker Films
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With subtle precision, Ozu shows how personal and national anxieties seep through infinite lives. Yet this impeccably acted movie is far from depressing, since the filmmaker stresses that mistakes aren't irreversible.
A casual yet meticulously detailed reconstruction of Japan's routinized white-collar milieu.
despite giving full expression to the disappointments and despair of white-collar drudgery... it ends in fragile reconciliation and the restoration of a dream which, though perhaps empty, gains strength precisely from being shared.
The simple storyline can't convey the many amazing scenes you get in an Ozu film that few other filmmakers are capable of delivering.
If you want to know who Yasujiro Ozu was and what he was all about, this is a great place to start.
Impressively shot, thought-provoking and funny, this low-key but intelligent character piece is made with Ozu's considerable attention to detail.
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