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Late Spring 1949 U

107 mins Japan Director. Yasujiro Ozu

Yasujiro Ozu's hugely influential award-winning masterpiece, Late Spring is a tender meditation on family politics, sacrifice and the status quo. Noiko (Setsuko Hara), and her father, Professor Somiya (Chishu Ryu), live together in perfect harmony but old certainties are put at risk when an interfering aunt raises the question of marriage. Introducing Ozu's popular Noriko character, Late Spring poignantly examines the gradual compromise between modernity and tradition.

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Directed by

Yasujiro Ozu

Featuring

Chishu Ryu

Setsuko Hara

Yumeji Tsukioka

Genres

Classics Drama

Collection

Sight and Sound Greatest Films Poll

Certificate

U Contains no material likely to offend or harm

Released

1949

Country

Japan

Language

Japanese

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