Directed by Yasujirō Ozu
With Setsuko Hara, Yôko Tsukasa, Mariko Okada
Approx. 128 min. 35mm.
In Japanese with English subtitles
Daughter Yôko Tsukasa refuses all marriage offers, preferring to stay at home with a single parent — but here Setsuko Hara (the daughter in LATE SPRING) is the mother and the real emphasis is on the now late husband’s now middle-aged school friends, reminiscing about their own youthful crushes on Hara, and plunging into matchmaking for Tsukasa, and then for Hara herself.
“Another gem from the Ozu canon, a masterpiece of tenderness and serio-comic charm, as tonally ambiguous and morally complex as anything he ever made.”
– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“Cinema that speaks to the soul.”
– Trevor Johnstone, Time Out