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On the DVDs
Criterion's release of Late Spring contains a few minor flaws in terms of image quality (such as occasional emulsion scratches), but viewers can rest assured that this DVD was mastered from the finest available materials, and the film looks very good considering the conditions of post-war Japan that were typically harsh on films of that period. The "windowbox" framing format accurately preserves the film's original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. There's a new and improved English subtitle translation, and the audio commentary by Richard Peña (an Ozu expert and program director of New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center) emphasizes the literary traditions that inform Ozu's films, in addition to the director's signature fixed-camera, low-angle style. Disc 2 includes Tokyo-ga, the 1985 feature by German director (and avid Ozu admirer) Wim Wenders. It's a tribute to Ozu's Japan, in which Wenders wanders the city searching for remnants of Tokyo as seen in Ozu's films, including interviews with Late Spring actor Chishu Ryu and Ozu's long-time cameraman Yuharu Atsuta. In keeping with Criterion tradition, a 21-page booklet is also included, containing informative essays by critic Michael Atkinson and renowned Japanese-film historian Donald Richie. --Jeff Shannon
Much has been said of Ozu's style in technical terms - low angle shots, sparse camera movement.
Of this film, the Cleveland Cinematheque said, "[it is] one of the best films made by Yasujiro Ozu, which makes it one of the best films ever made by anyone."
The year is 1949, and Noriko and her father live a happy, quiet life in rural Japan where she attends tea ceremonies and he is a professor.
Film = three stars; restoration = barely three stars. This movie can be an acquired taste, but the viewer must be extremely patient during the acquisition process! Read morePublished 5 months ago by William F. Flanigan Jr.
This on one of Yasujiro Ozu's later films, when his style was fully developed. As in most Ozu films, the theme is the Japanese family, or to be more accurate, the dissolution of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Philip Hallquist
loved the movie from begining to end.stars the beautiful and talented Setsuko Hara,what more can I say? Read morePublished 6 months ago by asianman
Love the movie. The last scene is epic. Must see for all family drama fans.
Every scene is structured to the detail, well worth seeing over & over again.
I bought this film because I already knew about it, and because it comes as a bundle with Wenders' "Tokyo Ga". Read morePublished 14 months ago by Cesar Diaz
"If in our century something sacred still existed... if there were something like a sacred treasure of the cinema, then for me that would have to be the work of the Japanese... Read morePublished 19 months ago by aldo
This is after I watched his Tokyo Story, The flavor of Green tea over rice, Early Summer..etc
With this perspective, I think this is his most stylish work, he started to... Read more