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Ozu Yasujiro: 100th Anniversary Collection 4 - Late Autumn (Hong Kong Version)
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Product Title: Ozu Yasujiro: 100th Anniversary Collection 4 - Late Autumn (Hong Kong Version) 小津安二郎百年紀念全集 4 - 秋日和 (香港版) 小津安二郎百年纪念全集 4 - 秋日和 (香港版) 小津安二郎百年紀念全集 4 - 秋日和 (海外版) Ozu Yasujiro: 100th Anniversary Collection 4 - Late Autumn (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Hara Setsuko (Actor) | Kasatomi Shu | Sada Keiji 原節子 (Actor) | 笠智眾 | 佐田啟二 原节子 (Actor) | 笠智众 | 佐田启二 原節子 (Actor) | 笠智衆 | 佐田啓二 Hara Setsuko (Actor) | Kasatomi Shu | Sada Keiji
Release Date: 2003-10-21
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1002910148

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Director: Ozu Yasujiro


  The themes in Ozu's films are somewhat similar: they are usually about the Japanese family and the relations between older and younger generations. Thus, more than any other director, Ozu in various films works with similar materials and even remakes subjects particularly appealing to him Late Autumn, as such, can be said to be a variation of Late Spring (1949), with the substitution of a mother for a father trying to marry off her offspring. The story concerns with Ayako, a young girl who passes over marriage prospects to stand by her widowed mother, Akiko. When three middle-ages matchmakers who used to be close friends of Ayako's father, secretly plan for a remarriage of Akiko, relationship between the caring mother and the lovable daughter faces a real challenge …

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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January 31, 2008

Will wedding bells ring? Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
While "Late Autumn" is a relatively minor work in the canon of Ozu Yasujiro movies, this simply means that it is a quite good movie by anyone else's standards. "Late Autumn" is a prolonged meditation on marriage.

Three old friends meet for the reading of sutras in association with the anniversary of the death of Miwa, a mutual friend. The three friends decide amongst themselves that it is time for Miwa's 24 year old daughter to get married, so they set about finding prospects for her. Ultimately, the daughter, Ayako, rejects the suitors. She is reluctant to leave her mother, Akiko, alone. This portion of the movie lasts slightly over an hour and is rather slow.

The movie really picks ups steam when the three old friends decide that one of them, a widower, should marry Akiko so that Ayako then will feel free to marry. All three of the old friends have harbored a strong attraction to Akiko for many years. Once this new scheme is set in motion, comic misunderstandings abound and "Late Autumn" becomes very entertaining.

Will Akiko and Ayako marry? Watch this charmer to find out. As usual, the film is beautifully staged and shot. This late opus by master director Ozu is recommended highly.
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