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An Autumn Afternoon

  • Japan / 1964 / 115min
  • Original Title : Sanma no aji
  • Director : Yasujiro Ozu


An aging widower makes arrangements to have his favorite daughter married and seeks comfort in sake and old friends. The setting of modern day industrial Japan, with its neon signs, factory chimneys and rooftop golf, is lushly filmed in breathtaking color as Yasujiro Ozu constructs his last tale of the final stages of a Japanese family. This gentle film follows the father as he hears of yet another of his friend’s daughters being married and fears that his daughter will never leave his side and thus, never marry, echoing Ozu’s earlier film, LATE SPRING. As the arrangements are made to set his daughter out on her own course, the father reflects on his own life and finds that he is fast arriving at its end, and that he is essentially alone. One of only a handful of color films made by Ozu, this, his final film, is seen as a distillation of the themes and narrative motifs explored in 53 films and 60 years of filmmaking.

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