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Late Spring (1949)

Banshun (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 21 July 1972 (USA)
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Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

Writers:

Kazuo Hirotsu (based on the novel "Chichi to musume" by), Kôgo Noda (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chishû Ryû ... Shukichi Somiya
Setsuko Hara ... Noriko Somiya
Yumeji Tsukioka Yumeji Tsukioka ... Aya Kitagawa
Haruko Sugimura ... Masa Taguchi
Hôhi Aoki Hôhi Aoki ... Katsuyoshi
Jun Usami Jun Usami ... Shôichi Hattori
Kuniko Miyake ... Akiko Miwa
Masao Mishima Masao Mishima ... Jo Onodera
Yoshiko Tsubouchi ... Kiku
Yôko Katsuragi Yôko Katsuragi ... Misako
Toyo Takahashi ... Shige (as Toyoko Takahashi)
Jun Tanizaki Jun Tanizaki ... Seizô Hayashi
Ichirô Shimizu Ichirô Shimizu ... Takigawa's master
Yôko Benisawa Yôko Benisawa ... Teahouse Proprietress
Manzaburo Umewaka Manzaburo Umewaka ... Shite
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Storyline

Noriko is 27 years old and is still living with her father Somiya, a widower. Noriko just recovered from an illness she developed in the war, and now the important question pops up: when will Noriko start thinking about marriage? Everybody who is important in her life tries to talk her into it: her father, her aunt, a girlfriend. But Noriko doesn't want to get married, she seems extremely happy with her life. She wants to stay with her father to take care of him. After all, she knows best of his manners and peculiarities. But Noriko's aunt doesn't want to give up. She arranges a partner for her and thinks of a plan that will convince Noriko her father can be left alone. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 July 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Late Spring See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,456, 6 March 2016

Gross USA:

$13,254

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,978
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the 2012 version of "Greatest Films of All Time" Sight & Sound poll Late Spring appears as the 15th greatest film of all time. See more »

Goofs

A camera/dolly shadow is visible on the sidewalk as it follows Noriko walking. See more »

Quotes

Noriko Somiya: Father... for your loving care these many years, I thank you.
Shukichi Somiya: Be happy and be a good wife.
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Featured in The Cinema of Ozu According to Kiju Yoshida (1993) See more »

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Be ready for sad thoughts
18 November 2007 | by yb777-1See all my reviews

This is an excellent Japanese drama by one of its greatest directors.The story is quite simple but directed masterfully and leaves you thinking for a long time after the watching.I just want to comment on one aspect which seems to me very important for better understanding of the movie and which hasn't been tackled upon yet by other viewers.I don't think that the father's only concern about his daughter is her just getting married.It is especially seen in the scene where he is talking about the issue with a woman in the bar at the end of the film.There is some feeling of selfish future plans on both sides while they smile and talk to each other.I think that Noriko felt it,too, but couldn't go against her father's will.This is something that is not stated clearly,but rather hinted by certain phrases,looks,smiles and emotions. Highest recommendations.A true gem!


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