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Ozu Yasujiro: 100th Anniversary Collection 5 - An Autumn Afternoon (1962) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Iwashita Shima (Actor) | Kasatomi Shu (Actor) | Sada Keiji | Ozu Yasujiro (Director)
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Product Title: Ozu Yasujiro: 100th Anniversary Collection 5 - An Autumn Afternoon (1962) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 小津安二郎百年紀念全集 5 - 秋刀魚之味 (1962) (DVD) (香港版) 小津安二郎百年纪念全集 5 - 秋刀鱼之味 (1962) (DVD) (香港版) 秋刀魚の味 (香港版) Ozu Yasujiro: 100th Anniversary Collection 5 - An Autumn Afternoon (1962) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Iwashita Shima (Actor) | Kasatomi Shu (Actor) | Sada Keiji 岩下志麻 (Actor) | 笠智眾 (Actor) | 佐田啟二 岩下志麻 (Actor) | 笠智众 (Actor) | 佐田启二 岩下志麻 (Actor) | 笠智衆 (Actor) | 佐田啓二 Iwashita Shima (Actor) | Kasatomi Shu (Actor) | Sada Keiji
Director: Ozu Yasujiro 小津安二郎 小津安二郎 小津安二郎 Ozu Yasujiro
Release Date: 2003-10-28
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.: 1002916302

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導演︰小津安二郎
Director: Ozu Yasujiro

  本片是小津安二郎的第54部作品,也是他的遺作。在構思劇本時,與他生活了一輩子的母親離世,故不難想像小津在下筆時內心一定充滿哀傷,晚年荒涼的心境和擁抱命運的熊度,也反映到作品裡去。影片的故事是《晚春》的變奏,都是說逝去妻子的父親驚覺要替女兒安排婚事,但當女兒出嫁後,卻要面對孤獨與寂寞。影片開拍前,小津在他的日記中這樣寫︰「山谷中春天已來到人間,櫻花綻開始雲,但在這裡,有的卻是凝帶目光、和秋刀魚的滋味—花兒也憂鬱,清酒的味道也變得苦澀。」其情委實可憫。影片名字雖叫《秋刀魚之味》,但片中卻從沒出現過秋刀魚。小津和編劇野田高梧的用意,是要把「全片的氣份營造出秋刀魚的味道」。片中用淡淡的手法寫出人生滿是遺憾,可說是小津爐火純青的壓卷作。

  Hirayama Shihei, a middle-aged widower, is reluctant to marry off his lovable daughter, Michiko, though she is already twenty-four and has secretly given her heart to a young man in the neighborhood. Hirayama realizes how miserable his daughter would become if she has to stay single and look after him when he meets his secondary school teacher who also has a daughter facing the same dilemma. Michiko finally gets married and Hirayama returns home to a gaping emptiness after the wedding. Completed after his mother's death, Ozi's final film is a unique artistic testament and perhaps an attempt to distill the wisdom of sixty years and fifty-three films into a single work. Both humorous and heart-breaking, this serenely beautiful swan-song sees his rigorous but poetic style honed to absolute perfection.

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February 2, 2008

A final masterpiece Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
"An Autumn Afternoon", director Ozu Yasujiro's final film is a fitting culmination of a great career. The movie at root is about the toll of sacrificing for one's loved ones. However, so much of "An Autumn Afternoon" is told in a light-hearted vein that we don't perceive this deeper message until the end.

Chishu Ryu plays a widower with a lovely 24 year old daughter who takes care of him and his teen-aged son. His friends urge him to find a husband for his daughter, but he is reluctant to part with her, just as she is in no hurry to leave her father alone. One evening, after his friends have spent the evening drinking with their old school teacher, the widower takes the old teacher home and meets the old teacher's daughter, who has never married and has devoted herself to her father's care. The widower sees how this life has prematurely aged the teacher's daughter and stolen her hopes for happiness.

The widower then sets in motion a search for a husband for his daughter, so that she will not suffer a similar fate. "An Autumn Afternoon" closes with a series of scenes which are some of the most subtly touching moments ever captured on film. Ozu's mother died in the course of making this film and Ozu's personal sense of loss saturates these scenes.

If you are a fan of Ozu's films, then you must own this DVD. I recommend it very highly.
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