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The End of Summer (Kohayagawa-ke no aki)[Region 2, English Subtitles]

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'The End of Summer', the penultimate film by Yasujiro Ozu, examines the difficulties faced by the Kohayagawa family as they struggle to adapt their traditional values to a rapidly changing post-war Japan. As the family's generations-old sake making business begins to fail in the face of increasingly fierce competition, Manbei, the incorrigible elderly patriarch, rekindles an affair with an old flame, much to the disapproval of his daughter Fumiko. He is further distracted by his attempts to marry off his two other daughters: Akiko, the eldest and a widow with a small son, and Noriko, the youngest who is still single. A sublime, bittersweet elegy for a vanishing world, 'The End of Summer' is beautifully shot in muted colour, elegantly acted and masterfully directed by one of the twentieth century's greatest filmmakers.

Product Details

  • Directors: Yasujiro Ozu
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UVDL5A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,143 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andres C. Salama on January 17, 2010
Format: DVD
Ozu's penultimate film is also one of his best. As in many of his movies, the theme here deals with the dynamics of a traditional Japanese family. The aging patriarch of a family has to deal with marrying his two grown daughters (one is divorced with child, the great Setsuko Hara), the financial problems facing his small sake producing business, the reunion with his long lost lover and their capricious daughter and, last but not least, his impending death. The death theme hangs throughout the movie; Ozu was probably thinking of his own death when he filmed this (he would live only a couple of years more); the last shot has black crows standing over the patriarch's gravestone. Ozu's films in color are even better than those in black and white: his famous sense of composition shines even better. Besides, I love color films from the late 1950s and early 1960s period, perhaps because they show us what society look like before the great disruption of the late 60s (this is not personal nostalgia, since I wasn't even born then). Overall, one of Ozu's best films.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andreas Gregoriades on February 6, 2008
Format: DVD
One of the finest form of Japanese poetry is Haiku, a seventeen sound-counts or kind of syllabus, grouped in five - seven - five such sound-count. One of the words in a Haiku, should contain a reference to a season or period of time or a clear event associated with seasons.
Ozu with his films "Equinox Flower", "Late Spring", "Tokyo Twilight", "Early Spring" , "The End of Summer" and "Late Autumn" has created a Cinematographic Haiku, a poetry of images, events and concepts.
To understand Ozu in his very best, one must see his entire work and understand the issues which were dominant in the post war Japan.
Such new concepts challenged the old way of thinking and set the premises for the today Japanese society.
Concepts such as "Salary Man", "Office lady", wearing western cloths and the economic challenges in a global environment, created a new generation ready to put the war behind them and move forward to modernization while at the same time wanted to maintain links with tradition.
The previous generation was puzzled and confronted and yet unable to come to terms with this new world.
In the struggle of the previous generation to come to terms with the new order, parents were sadden by what they could see as a double defeat, that of the war and that of the social order and yet somber and reserved in their behavior and reasoning.
The End Of Summer, is one of the finest examples of Ozu's work.
Photography and colours using simple backgrounds and scenery is one yet verification of Ozu's Haiku approach.
The story is a reverse case from his other films where the widow elderly father is rediscovering his younger times companion to the amazement of his children.
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