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An Autumn Afternoon(秋刀魚の味)

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Japan · 1962
1h 53m
Director Yasujirō Ozu
Starring Chishū Ryū, Shima Iwashita, Keiji Sada, Mariko Okada
Genre Drama

Shuhei Hirayama is a widower with a 24-year-old daughter. Gradually, he comes to realize that she should not be obliged to look after him for the rest of his life, so he arranges a marriage for her. The final film from director Yasujiro Ozu.

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Zoe Rogan Profile picture for Zoe Rogan

Autumn Afternoon was the first Ozu movie I ever saw, and it opened me up to his beautiful and unique filmmaking style. The perfect watch for a cozy fall day.

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Variety by

This view of contemporary middle class life in Japan is too leisurely paced, too sentimental in design and its humorous social comments too infrequent.


CineVue by Ben Nicholson

Throughout, Ozu strikes a touchingly profound note whilst imbuing proceedings with his usual playfulness.


Chicago Reader by Dave Kehr

Stylistically it’s one of Ozu’s purest, most elemental works: no camera movement, very little movement within the frames, and hardly any apparent narrative progression. Appreciating Ozu is a matter of temperament—for some, his films are unbearably dull; for others, they are works of a unique serenity and beauty.


Slant Magazine by Eric Henderson

The progression of Ozu’s style seems to parallel that of Jacques Tati, who moved from the mutable likes of M. Hulot’s Holiday into the glass-cut inflexibility of Playtime.


Los Angeles Times by Justin Chang

Even if the story of a widower (the great Chishû Ryû) and his daughter weren’t such a naturally compelling variation on Ozu’s themes of family, devotion and sacrifice, the exquisite balance of hues and textures in every shot would render it essential viewing.


The Irish Times by Tara Brady

Revisiting many of the master’s favourite themes – familial obligations, intergenerational frictions – Ozu’s 54th film delicately maintains its post-war critique.

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