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The End of Summer(小早川家の秋)

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Japan · 1961
1h 43m
Director Yasujirō Ozu
Starring Ganjiro Nakamura, Setsuko Hara, Yôko Tsukasa, Michiyo Aratama
Genre Drama

Three sisters remain close with their widowed father and often turn to him for advice. However, his relationship with his adult daughters becomes complicated when they discover he has rekindled a romance with an old mistress.

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Ozu's pared-down visual style facilitates our involvement with these 'ordinary' characters, who are struggling to reconcile their feelings of duty and desire, and to accept life's inevitable changes.


Empire by David Parkinson

Written with great insight by Kogo Noda and filmed with painterly delicacy by Asakazu Nakai, though Ozu's touch brings the magic to this domestic drama.


Time Out by Geoff Andrew

Another gem (given his consistency in style and subject, how could it not be? ); the atypically emphatic music alone disappoints. [06 Aug 2003, p.74]

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