Late Spring ()

directed by Yasujiro Ozu
featuring Setsuko Hara, Masao Mishima, Kuniko Miyake, Chishu Ryu, Haruko Sugimura

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 ...

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Late Spring [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] 2012,

UPC: 715515094412


Late Spring [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] 2006,

UPC: 037429208427


Late Spring 1998,

UPC: 717119056438