An Autumn Afternoon
An aging widower arranges a marriage for his only daughter.
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 53 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: September 30, 2008
- Originally Released: 1962
- Label: Criterion Collection
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 1.0 - Japanese
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: David Bordwell, Author
- Film Highlights: Yasujiro Ozu and The TASTE OF SAKE with film critic Michel Ciment
- Additional Products:
- Collectible - Booklet / Essays by Film Scholars Geoff Andrew and Donald Richie
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Shima Iwashita, Shin-Ichiro Mikami, Mariko Okada & Keiji Sada|
|Directed by||Yasujirô Ozu|
|Screenplay by||Kôgo Noda & Yasujirô Ozu|
|Composition by||Takanobu Saito|
|Director of Photography:||Yushun Atsuta|
The great Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu made movies that sneak up on you with their shrewd delicacy. -- Grade: B+
Rating: 5/5 -- Mellow and rich in ironic humour, the film carries an undertow of gentle melancholy; as so often with Ozu, its ultimate message is that loneliness is the human condition. Full Review
Rich drama about quiet male bonding has visual creativity. Full Review
Classic Film and Television
Rating: 5/5 -- a relatable slice of life and, for Ozu fans, a final glimpse into a director's evolving thoughts on life and culture in his last film. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- An Autumn Afternoon by the great Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu is as exquisite and delicate as his other works, but has the added poignancy of being his last film. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- It is a film in a superbly composed minor key. Full Review
A rich social tapestry that also explores attitudes to family life and the lasting emotional impact left by a loved one's departure...
Sight and Sound
In his final film Yasujiro Ozu returns to the story of a widowed father giving up his favorite daughter in marriage, only to be left alone. The setting is the industrialized Japan of the 1960s, with small but intense traces of traditional Japanese culture and morals present in each of the characters and their struggles. The melancholy of the widowed father as he drinks away his sorrows at a favorite bar is portrayed in a sweet and gentle treatment, and the aesthetic beauty of the film's heightened color and peaceful pacing make this one of Ozu's most beautiful and touching films.
Description by Image Entertainment:
Yasujiro Ozu's final film is also his final masterpiece, the gently heartbreaking story of a man's dignified resignation to both life's ever-shifting currents and society's gradual modernization. Though widower Shuhei Hirayama (Ozu's frequent leading man Chishu Ryu) has been living comfortably for years with his grown daughter, a series of events leads him to accept and encourage her marriage and departure. As elegantly composed and achingly tender as any of the Japanese master's films, An Autumn Afternoon (Sanma no aji ) is one of cinema's fondest farewells.
An aging widower makes arrangements to have his favorite daughter married and seeks comfort in sake and old friends. The setting of modern day industrial Japan, with its neon signs, factory chimneys and rooftop golf, is lushly filmed in breathtaking color as Yasujiro Ozu constructs his last tale of the final stages of a Japanese family. This gentle film follows the father as he hears of yet another of his friend's daughters being married and fears that his daughter will never leave his side and thus, never marry, echoing Ozu's earlier film, LATE SPRING. As the arrangements are made to set his daughter out on her own course, the father reflects on his own life and finds that he is fast arriving at its end, and that he is essentially alone. One of only a handful of color films made by Ozu, this, his final film, is seen as a distillation of the themes and narrative motifs explored in 53 films and 60 years of filmmaking.
- AUTUMN AFTERNOON, a reworking of his own LATE SPRING, was Ozu's last film. His mother, whom he had lived with for his entire life, died during its making.
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