“The greatest of all Japanese film makers” – Jana Bokova
Yasujiro Ozu’s hugely influential award winning-masterpiece, Late Spring, is a meditation on family politics, sacrifice and the status quo. Noriko (Sestuko Hara) and her father, Professor Somiya (Chishu Ryu), live together in perfect harmony but old certainties are out at risk when an interfering aunt raises the question of marriage. Introducing Ozu’s popular Noriko character, Late Spring poignantly examines the gradual compromise between modernity and traditional ways of living.
Also included is The Only Son– Ozu’s first sound film about hope and sacrifice set against the backdrop of Depression-era Japan.
Special Features include:
- Standard and High Definition presentations of Late Spring and The Only Son
- Fully illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essay by James Bell and Ozu biography by Tony Rayns
- New and improved English subtitles