Archive of films An Autumn Afternoon / Sanma no aji

Japan
1962, 113 min

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

In this film, Yasujiro Ozu puts forward his artistic testament: a meditation on the disintegration of the family and on human fate ineluctably heading towards loneliness. Motifs in his final work draw upon previous films, but the director still endeavours to create a new expression. 


Synopsis

Hirayama is an aging widower living with his daughter Michiko and younger son Kazuo. Some of his friends´ remarks disturb his hitherto peaceful family life: Michiko is of marriageable age and he should find her a husband. Hirayama sees the sense of their comments: indeed a clear example of parental selfishness involves a former teacher who has become completely dependent upon his daughter; she is now so old that no one will marry her. Together they find Michiko a good match and the father begins to learn to live alone. In this film, Yasujiro Ozu puts forward his artistic testament: a meditation on the disintegration of the family and on human fate ineluctably heading towards loneliness. Motifs in his final work draw upon previous films, but the director still endeavours to create a new expression. 

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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Retrospective: 100 Years of Yasujiro Ozu
   
Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Screenplay: Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu
Dir. of Photography: Yuharu Atsuta
Music: Takanobu Saito
Editor: Yoshiyasu Hamamura
Producer: Shizuo Yamanouchi
Production: Shochiku Co., Ltd.
Cast: Shima Iwashita, Chishu Ryu, Keiji Sada, Shinichiro Mikami, Mariko Okada, Nobuo Nakamura, Kuniko Miyake, Ryuji Kita, Eijiro Tohno
Contact: Shochiku Co., Ltd.
   
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