PhilSoc Presents: Late Spring (1949) dir. Ozu Yasujiro
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Summary: “Late Spring belongs to the type of Japanese film known as shomingeki, a genre that deals with the ordinary daily lives of working class and middle class people of modern times. These films are characterized by, among other traits, an exclusive focus on stories about families during Japan's immediate postwar era, a tendency towards very simple plots and the use of a generally static camera.
Late Spring was released in September 1949 to critical acclaim in the Japanese press. In the following year, it was awarded the prestigious Kinema Junpo critics' award as the best Japanese production released in 1949. Late Spring has been referred to as the director's "most perfect" work, as "the definitive film of Ozu's master filmmaking approach and language" and has been called "one of the most perfect, most complete, and most successful studies of character ever achieved in Japanese cinema" (Wikipedia).
Block 4: Japanese Aesthetics
Week 10 (25/11): The Structure of Iki by Kuki Shuzo Week 11 (2/12): In Praise of Shadows by Jun'Ichiro Tanizaki Revision Week (9/12): Late Spring (1949) dir. Ozu Yasujiro