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Early Summer (1951)

Early Summer (1951)

Early Summer




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Writer/director Yasujiro Ozu combines two of his favorite themes--the culture clashes in modern Japan and the emergence of the independent Japanese woman--in Early Summer (Bakushu). Setsuko Hara plays a young woman of the post-war era who is promised in an arranged marriage. But too much has happened in the world and in the girl's own life to allow her to agree to this union without protest. The characters in Early Summer are neither remote historical personages nor distant foreigners. They are types as easily recognizable in Japan as in any country, and this commonality enhances the universal appeal of this austere film. Yasujiro Ozu collaborated on the script of Early Summer with Kogo Noda. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Classics
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Written By: Kgo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu
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On DVD: Jul 20, 2004
Criterion Collection


Chishu Ryu
as Koichi
Chikage Awashima
as Aya Tamura
Ichiro Sugai
as Shukichi
Zen Murase
as Minoru
Shji Sano
as Sotaro Satake
Haruko Sugimura
as Tami Yabe
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Critic Reviews for Early Summer

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 23, 2010
Little White Lies

The usual Yasujiro Ozu masterpiece about the clash in family life over traditional and modern values in postwar Japan.

Full Review… | April 2, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | September 6, 2004
Combustible Celluloid

Early Summer is the apotheosis of Ozu's investigations of domestic, geographical and emotional space.

Full Review… | August 3, 2004
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Audience Reviews for Early Summer

All bow before the three-headed God of Ryu, Hara and Ozu!

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

[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]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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.

Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

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