AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON
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(1962) Once again father Chishu Ryu (looking younger than the 13-years-earlier Late Spring) must trick his daughter Shima Iwashita to marry to force her from the nest, but here the emphasis is on the father and his encounters with an old teacher, a wartime subordinate (7 Samurai’s Daisuke Kato) parading to the warship march, and a bar proprietor (Kyoko Kishida, the “Woman in the Dunes”) who’s a dead ringer for his late wife, or is she? Ozu’s last film, although he didn’t know it — and the perfect curtain. Approx. 112 min. 35mm.
“Ozu’s last film, this is also his simplest. The ingredients are familiar. The story recalls Late Autumn and Late Spring; the colors are subdued; the viewing angle is invariable. Nothing is wanting, nothing is extraneous. At the same time there is an extraordinary intensification of mood in this picture. It is autumn again, but now it is deep autumn. Winter was always near, but now it will be tomorrow. At the same time Ozu’s regard was never kinder, never wiser. There is a mellowness about this picture which is stronger than nostalgia.”
– Donald Richie