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Early Summer(麦秋)

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Japan · 1951
2h 15m
Director Yasujirō Ozu
Starring Setsuko Hara, Chishū Ryū, Chikage Awashima, Kuniko Miyake
Genre Drama

Noriko's traditionally minded family worries about the fact that she's still single at 28. When 40-year-old business associate Takako proposes marriage, Noriko's family press her into accepting. But when her widowed childhood friend Kenkichi returns to the neighborhood, she finds her heart leading in another direction.

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Ozu never moves his camera but invariably moves us. [05 Dec 2004, p.13]


Time Out by Geoff Andrew

The camera is surprisingly mobile at times, but what really impresses is the use of omission and repetition.


Los Angeles Times by Michael Wilmington

Once again, Ozu's script, co-written with constant colleague Kogo Noda, is a marvel of organic detail and deceptive naturalism. Ozu's late style -- the serene, easy flow, the smooth succession of floor-level interior shots, the quietly restrained acting, the mastery of intimate psychology and the subtle portrayal of Japanese society in transition -- are all in place. [24 Mar 1989, p.23]

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