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Rated NR · 108 minutes


Veteran Japanese writer/director Yasujiro Ozu's second postwar production was 1949's Late Spring or Banshun. Chisu Ryu plays another of Ozu's realistic middle-class types, this time a widower with a marriageable daughter. Not wishing to see the girl resign herself to spinsterhood, Ryu pretends that he himself is about to be married. The game plan is to convince the daughter that they'll be no room for her at home, thus forcing her to seek comfort and joy elsewhere. What makes this homey little domestic episode work is the rapport between Chisu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, who plays the daughter. Late Spring is no facile Hollywood farce; we like these people, believe in them, and wish them the best.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Writer: Kazuo Hirotsu and Kôgo Noda
Cast: Yasujiro Ozu, Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara and Haruko Sugimura

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