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晩春

(1949) Luminous Setsuko Hara’s very happy taking care of absent-minded professor dad Chishu Ryu — but what if he’s thinking of getting remarried himself? While Ryu’s re-married friend and Hara’s pushy aunt Haruko Sugimura are telling him she should get married herself. Ozu’s first post-war Kinema Jumpo “Best One” winner, one of his own personal favorites, and the perfect introduction to his world. Approx. 108 min. 35mm.

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“Central to an understanding of Ozu’s work.”
Time Out (London)

“A perfectly balanced film.”
– Donald Richie

“A REMARKABLE, PIERCING FILM. Central to an understanding of Ozu's work.”
– Time Out New York

“One of the best two or three films Ozu ever made.”
– Roger Ebert

“OZU’S FIRST ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL WORK. A step toward understanding the ripple effects of the postwar age among ordinary citizens—or, if that’s not possible, then at least capturing them in compassionate amber.”
– Michael Atkinson

“inaugurated Ozu’s majestic late period: it's here that he decisively renounces melodrama (and, indeed, most surface action of any kind) and lets his camera settle into the still, long-take contemplation of his gently drawn characters… The sense of loss and regret is beautifully balanced with the optimism of a new life beginning: for Ozu the family unit is not only a network of personal relationships but also the crisis point in the tragedy of time.”
– Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader