almost 3 years
Father/daughter don't want to separate amidst clash of "old" and "new" in postwar Japan
A poetic coming-of-age story that reflects the Americanization of post-war Japan.
Late Spring (晩春, Banshun) is a critically acclaimed black-and-white Japanese film drama, directed by Yasujirō Ozu (1903 - 1963), first released in Japan in September 1949. Based on the novel Father and Daughter (Chichi to musume) by Kazuo Hirotsu, the story concerns a young woman who lives happily in Kamakura with her kindly professor father, a widower. He decides that she must find a husband and, despite initial resistance, she accepts the inevitability of their separation and marries, leaving the father alone. The film was written and shot during the Allied Powers' Occupation of Japan and was subject to the Occupation's official censorship requirements.
The work belongs to the type of Japanese film known as shomingeki, a genre that deals with the ordinary daily lives of working class and middle class people of modern times. (The jidaigeki genre customarily focuses on heroic, or at least out-of-the-ordinary, figures of Japan's historic past.) The film stars Chishu Ryu, a performer...