Sanma no aji (An Autumn Afternoon) (The Widower) (1964)
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Director Yasujiro Ozu's final film, and a rare outing in color for him, continues his quietly observed explorations of family dynamics in postwar Japan. Frequent Ozu star Chishu Ryu plays Shuhei Hirayama, an aging widower whose three children each depend upon him in varying degrees. The eldest, Kazuo, who is married, is a spendthrift who purchases a new set of golf clubs, then hits up his indulgent dad for a loan to buy a refrigerator. The middle child, daughter Michiko, is a 24-year-old still
Jan 1, 1964 Limited
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The fatal bargain of old age has rarely been observed as sharply as in Yasujiro Ozu's last film, from 1962.
This view of contemporary middle class life in Japan is too leisurely paced, too sentimental in design and its humorous social comments too infrequent.
Such a completely realized example of the Ozu art that it seems impossible he did not intend it to be a kind of testament.
Stylistically it's one of Ozu's purest, most elemental works: no camera movement, very little movement within the frames, and hardly any apparent narrative progression.
Ozu's very last film is one of his strongest, a sharply observed family drama that exhibits his remarkable rigorous style.
a relatable slice of life and, for Ozu fans, a final glimpse into a director's evolving thoughts on life and culture in his last film.
What do all these subtle modifications to the otherwise similar template suggest?
It's also a remarkable example of a "last film." It sums up a career's worth of work, while simultaneously looking ahead and coming to terms with new ideas.
Once again, some of the most powerful emotions evoked are due to Ozu's minimalist imagery
With its beautiful camerawork and coy, subtle humour this is filmmaking at its finest and most articulate.
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