Early Summer (1951)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB

Original title:  Bakushuu

Japan, 1951.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by , Yasujiro Ozu.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The term “masterpiece” is limited when it comes to picking the best works by Yasujiro Ozu, who made more than one. Three generations of a Japanese family are devastated when their headstrong, single daughter (the magnificent ) decides to marry a widowed childhood friend against her brother’s and parent’s better judgement. The various relationships between friends, employers, parents, grandparents and children populate this magnificent character study, which moves along smoothly and lyrically through scenes of delightful humour and genuine pathos. The cinematography is crystal-clear gorgeous and the characters all endearing; those who love Ozu for making magnificent drama out of common everyday life will have a Tokyo Story experience here.

The Criterion Collection:  #240

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