Early Summer (1951)
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Critic Reviews for Early Summer
If you've seen one Ozu film, you probably have the drift of his austere, quiet style, and you don't need my recommendation. If you haven't, take a chance.
Rich look at romantic lives of everyday Japanese, with a profound lesbian subtext.
in keeping with the shift in seasons, there is a comic lightness to the proceedings - even if, as the film draws towards its conclusion, we become increasingly aware of autumn's chilly approach.
The usual Yasujiro Ozu masterpiece about the clash in family life over traditional and modern values in postwar Japan.
Ozu's films fill me with such a profound sense of serenity and emotional richness that it makes me wonder why people rent or buy anyone else's movies.
Audience Reviews for Early Summer
Ozu is a master and telling simple stories about family, one of my favourite subject matters. A great story of tradition and modern life that truly reflects Japan with it's traditional cultures vs being on the cutting edge.
All bow before the three-headed God of Ryu, Hara and Ozu!
[font=Century Gothic][color=darkorchid]"Early Summer" is a Japanese film from 1951. It is about Noriko, who is a young woman with a stable extended family, lots of friends and a good job. She seems to be very happy but everybody within a thirty mile radius worries because she is 28 and has not married yet.(This is also a side issue in "Fear and Trembling" which shows that this topic has not gone away forty years later.) It is postwar Japan where European dress mixes with more traditional clothing. It seems like women are starting to work more out of the home. What director Yosujiro Ozu does, as he also did in his classic "Tokyo Story", is to make a wonderful movie out of the truly mundane tasks of everyday life. The central plotline is handled in a much gentler way than it was also handled in "Late Marriage". [/color][/font]
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