Early Summer Reviews

May 8, 2020
Early Summer is centred around a bittersweet dichotomy of absence and transformation, and it's right up there as one of Ozu's finest films.
December 3, 2016
Rich look at romantic lives of everyday Japanese, with a profound lesbian subtext.
August 23, 2010
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.
April 2, 2006
The usual Yasujiro Ozu masterpiece about the clash in family life over traditional and modern values in postwar Japan.
July 23, 2005
September 6, 2004
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.
August 3, 2004
Early Summer is the apotheosis of Ozu's investigations of domestic, geographical and emotional space.
July 26, 2004
the perfect vehicle for chronicling the small pleasures and disappointments that comprise the bigger enterprise of life
July 22, 2004
Ozu newcomers will have trouble following the 19 characters, but fans will love it.
January 10, 2004
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.
August 22, 2003