Late Spring

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Yasujiro Ozu’s Late Spring (1949) is one of the most moving dramas you’ll ever see about the intersecting tension between social norms, generational conflict and familial love, a theme that the great Japanese director masterfully explored with a fierce intelligence and a tender poetry in his post-war films. Late Spring is the story of a daughter who is so dedicated to her father’s well-being that she eschews her family’s urging to marry. At the age of 27 and unmarried, her single status is deemed a problem to be solved by her loving father, persistent aunt, and cynical best friend. Why marry for the sake of fulfilling an outdated social tradition that isn’t necessarily a guarantee for happiness in modern Japan she argues. While her thoughtful and understanding father may agree with such an argument, there exists few options for her future that don’t include either an arranged marriage or one born out of romantic love. Each character is so richly rendered and conceived that antagonists are excluded altogether. Everyone seems to have a legitimate point of view which is a quality that highlights the respectful and sympathetic nature of Ozu’s grasp of character. Highly recommended viewing. For a clip go here.


Late Spring

Posted by Ryan Gage at 06/10/2013 03:22:37 PM | 

this sounds like a very complex movie,the clip was very dramatic (black and white).
Posted by: pamela ( Email ) at 6/14/2013 8:41 AM

Moving Drama is an understatement, this drama is compelling to watch and totally enchanting. Not many soccer fans are into stuff in this genre but as a cultured Leeds United Fan, this is just up my Elland Road.
Posted by: Soccer Ball Boy ( Email ) at 6/19/2013 1:10 PM

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