Early Spring (1956)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB

Original title:  Soshun

Japan, 1956.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Yasujiro Ozu, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .   Film Editing by .  

A newly hired salary man in 1950s Tokyo becomes quickly disillusioned with both working and married life, beginning an affair with a flirty female coworker and estranging himself more and more from his wife. The lives of his co-workers provide surrounding character material, but it is the affair that provides the centre for this film by the magnificent Yasujiro Ozu, one of his lesser works but still a strong effort that works on many levels.  Its characters are heartfelt and some of the more tender moments are genuinely moving, but it doesn’t come together as perfectly as his best stories do.

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