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Late Autumn (1960)

Akibiyori (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | November 1973 (USA)
A widow tries to marry off her daughter with the help of her late husband's three friends.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

Writers:

Ton Satomi (novel), Kôgo Noda (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Setsuko Hara ... Akiko Miwa
Yôko Tsukasa ... Ayako Miwa
Mariko Okada Mariko Okada ... Yuriko Sasaki
Keiji Sada ... Shotaru Goto
Miyuki Kuwano ... Michiko
Shin'ichirô Mikami Shin'ichirô Mikami ... Koichi
Shin Saburi ... Soichi Mamiya
Chishû Ryû ... Shukichi Miwa
Nobuo Nakamura ... Shuzo Taguchi
Kuniko Miyake ... Nobuko
Sadako Sawamura Sadako Sawamura ... Fumiko
Ryûji Kita Ryûji Kita ... Seiichiro Hirayama
Fumio Watanabe Fumio Watanabe ... Tsuneo Sugiyama
Ayako Senno Ayako Senno ... Shigeko Takamatsu
Yuriko Tashiro Yuriko Tashiro ... Yoko
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Storyline

Family and friends of the late Shuzo Miwa have gathered for his annual memorial service, this one marking the seventh anniversary of his passing. Three of his long time friends - married Shuzo Taguchi, married Soichi Mamiya, and widowed Seiichiro Hirayama - have long known and admitted to each other that they have always been attracted to his widow, Akiko Miwa, who they believe has gotten even more beautiful as she has matured. The three friends take it upon themselves to find a husband for the Miwa's now twenty-four year old daughter, Ayako Miwa, who they believe as beautiful as her mother, and who, as a pure innocent, deserves a good husband. Their self-appointed task is despite them knowing that Ayako does not want them to do so. She doesn't want to get married, at least not yet, as she struggles with her traditional sensibilities in post-war modern Japan. Her first priority as she sees it is to take care of her widowed mother, who would be alone if she were to get married. The ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

November 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Late Autumn See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo Tower, Tokyo, Japan

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Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 33rd Academy Awards in 1961. See more »

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1st Movement
from "Piano Sonata No.11 A Major, K.331"
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Charming...
14 November 2010 | by samhill5215See all my reviews

Of Ozu's trilogy on marriage Japanese style this one is my favorite. In fact many of my comments apply to the other two, Late Spring (1949) and Early Summer (1951). All three deal with the concept of marriage as seen in traditional Japanese society and even though to my western eyes it seems antiquated, Ozu manages to present it as a sensible, inherently logical way to pair two people. But what ultimately attracts me to his work is his presentation. The plot unfolds in a slow, languorous way. It's linear but with gaps in time which are fully explained so that we are not left guessing as to intervening events. What we see and hear is the important stuff. We, in essence, are eavesdropping on intimate family conversations, the kind of things discussed at every dinner table, things important to a family but more or less irrelevant to the outside world. Somehow Ozu makes that interesting. Naturally the actors play an important part and the presence of two of my favorite Japanese actors, Setsuko Hara and Chisu Ryu, in all three are a definite plus. So why is this one my favorite? Humor and lots of it. The first two are rather serious, drama-filled works where the characters exhibit much angst. Late Autumn on the other hand is light and airy, there's a bounce to it, and it's filled with a lot of sexual innuendo that is completely absent from the others. It's as if Ozu was saying to us that the post-WWII years was a time for Japan to buckle down to the serious work of rebuilding society. By 1960 the joy of living had returned to his country. It could afford the bumbling of three well-meaning and occasionally lecherous men whose efforts at match-making were only half successful.


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