Early Summer

Screening on Film
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu.
With Setsuko Hara, Chishu Ryu, Chikage Awashima.
Japan, 1951, 35mm, black & white, 135 min.
Japanese with English subtitles.

A family drama set in Kamakura, the leisurely, poignant Early Summer ends, as do so many Ozu films, in tears—theirs and ours. The Mamiya family takes up the challenge of finding a husband for Noriko (Setsuko Hara), a happily unmarried “working girl.” Her boss suggests a middle-aged businessman as a suitable prospect, but Noriko impulsively accepts another proposal and the family begins to disintegrate—ever so quietly —in the wake of her marriage. Consistently ranked with Late Spring and Tokyo Story as the best of Ozu’s postwar films, Early Summer is perhaps the most freely structured of his late work, with its elliptical narrative logic and constantly shifting rhythms.

Part of film series

Read more

Yasujiro Ozu.
A Centennial Celebration

Other film series with this film

Read more

Ozu: Poet of the Everyday