Archive of films Early Summer / Bakushu

Japan
1951, 124 min

Section: Retrospective: 100 Years of Yasujiro Ozu
Year: 2003

It´s high time daughter Noriko found a mate. The whole family thinks so and begins to look for a suitable and perhaps even wealthy groom. Noriko, however, throws a wrench into the plan when, going on instinct, she chooses Yabe, a far less desirable boy from the neighbourhood.


Synopsis

Lurking in the background behind the regularity of the three-generation Mamiya family´s everyday rituals is one troubling factor: it´s high time that daughter Noriko found a mate. Noriko shows little interest in this family task, but her boss plays a role, directing the family to a successful middle-aged entrepreneur. Noriko, however, throws a wrench into the plan when, going on instinct, she chooses Yabe, a boy from the neighbourhood. In the end, the family comes to terms with this much less advantageous catch, and Noriko leaves for the distant location where her partner will work.... In contrast to Late Spring, in which modernity and tradition were in harmony, Early Summer shows the incompatibility of the two, but the characters wisely accept it as inevitable.
 

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Shochiku Co., Ltd.
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Japan
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About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Retrospective: 100 Years of Yasujiro Ozu
   
Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Screenplay: Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu
Dir. of Photography: Yuharu Atsuta
Music: Senji Ito
Editor: Yoshiyasu Hamamura
Producer: Takeshi Yamamoto
Production: Shochiku Co., Ltd.
Cast: Setsuko Hara, Chishu Ryu, Chikage Awashima, Kuniko Miyake, Ichiro Sugai
Contact: Shochiku Co., Ltd.
   
www: www.shochiku.com/film
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