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Late Spring
(Banshun)

Screening on Film
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu.
With Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara, Haruko Sugimura.
Japan, 1949, 35mm, black & white, 108 min.
Japanese with English subtitles.

The first and finest telling of a story Ozu was to remake with variations many times, Late Spring focuses on the dilemma faced by a young woman (Hara) who lives with her widowed father. She refuses several marriage offers, preferring to keep her father company rather than assume the duties of a housewife and mother. Determined that she will wed, he lets her think that he plans to remarry. Hailed by Donald Richie as “one of the most perfect, the most complete, and most successful studies of character ever achieved in Japanese cinema,” Late Spring was also one of Ozu’s personal favorites.

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