Late Autumn (Akibiyori) Reviews

July 16, 2010
Late Autumn lacks the sublime final moments of Late Spring, but Ozu seems more relaxed, more reflective and more in control here.
February 2, 2010
Superb example of the gendai-geki brand of petit-bourgeois melodrama
February 2, 2010
Cinema that speaks to the soul.
February 2, 2010
Formal and restrained - the sort of cinema that demurely keeps the audience at arm's length. But it has a mild humour.
February 2, 2010
Another gem from the Ozu canon, a masterpiece of tendernesss and serio-comic charm, as tonally ambiguous and morally complex as anything he ever made.
February 2, 2010
Confounding stylistic expectations, he experiments with a variety of transitional devices while structuring the narrative around blocks of linked scenes.
February 2, 2010
It is a happy, handsome film, one of only five that Ozu made in colour.
February 2, 2010
A wry, melancholic look at post-war Japanese society.
February 2, 2010
Another of Yashiru Ozu's late masterpieces, to be put beside Tokyo Story as a commentary on Japanese mores that surpass nationality and manage universal appeal.
June 20, 2007
June 19, 2007
A brilliantly conceived and acted melodramatic film filled with a quiet middle-class family's glow in love and conflict.
June 19, 2007
A small, quiet but perfectly poised film about family relationships that distills Ozu's static style into an appealing and accessible comedy-drama.
June 19, 2007
I'm not the world's biggest Ozu fan, but this late work is one of his finest.
June 19, 2007
The struggles between the generations pre-date the clashes of the late nineteen-sixties. However, Ozu's extraordinary sensitivity makes them deeply dramatic, all the more so because these gentle, reflective persons seem to have led unruffled lives.
June 19, 2007
One of the final efforts from one of the great masters of Japanese cinema.