Late Spring

Noriko (the incomparable Setsuko Hara in her first of six roles with Ozu), late twenties, lives at home with her widower father Shukichi (Ozu regular Chishu Ryu), taking care of him while both lead a quite ordinary daily existence. But many around Noriko, most prominently her father, wonder why she has yet to marry. When a series events unfolds that force her hand, including her introduction to the educated, Gary Cooper lookalike Satake, Noriko must make a very tough decision between caring for her aging father or pursuing her own life with Satake; meanwhile, the creep of the West in post-WWII Japan quietly simmers in the background. Rightfully and routinely placed on lists of the best films of the 20th century, Late Spring is “a triumph of sympathetic, respectful clarity and a surgical strike at the heart.”—Michael Atkinson. (Japanese with English subtitles)

The A.V. Club‘s Ignatiy Vishnevetsky on the re-release of Late Spring.

Genres: Drama