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Early Spring (Blu-ray) (Digitally Restored Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) Blu-ray Region All

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Early Spring (Blu-ray) (Digitally Restored Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (1)

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Product Title: Early Spring (Blu-ray) (Digitally Restored Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) 早春 (Blu-ray) (英文字幕)(數碼修復版) (日本版) 早春 (Blu-ray) (英文字幕)(数码修复版) (日本版) 早春 デジタル修復版 (Blu-ray) Early Spring (Blu-ray) (Digitally Restored Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Ikebe Ryo | Awashima Chikage 池部良 | 淡島千景 池部良 | Awashima Chikage 池部良 | 淡島千景 | 齋藤高順 Ikebe Ryo | Awashima Chikage
Director: Ozu Yasujiro 小津安二郎 小津安二郎 小津安二郎 Ozu Yasujiro
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2018-07-04
Publisher Product Code: SHBR-493
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese, No Subtitle
Country of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Publisher: Shochiku Home Video
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1065950455

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
淡島千景 / 池部良 / 高橋貞二 / 小津安二郎 (監督、脚本) / 齋藤高順 (音楽)


製作国 : 日本 (Japan)
公開年 : 1956



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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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February 5, 2008

This customer review refers to Ozu Yasujiro: 100th Anniversary Collection 1 - Early Spring
Unhappy lives of salarymen Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
"Early Spring" is a long, fierce wail concerning the grim and empty lives of salarymen. Indeed, of this film, Ozu wrote: "I tried to avoid anything dramatic, and instead piled up scenes where nothing at all happens, so as to let the audience feel the sadness of their existence."

"Early Spring" focuses on a 30ish married couple in Tokyo, Sugiyama Masako (Awajima Chikage) and his wife Shoji (Ikebe Ryo). After the death of their infant baby, the couple has grown remote from each other. Shoji complains about her daily routine and fantasizes about what life might be like as a widow. Masako has a grindingly boring office job, then escapes into games of mahjong, parties with old war buddies, and the arms of a willing young woman known as Goldfish (Kishi Keiko). This clearly is a marriage coming apart at the seams.

After Goldfish shows up at Masako's home, Shoji decides that she has had enough and moves out. Masako then is transferred to an equally tedious job at the company's manufacturing operations in a small town. He moves there without his wife and with nothing to do in his free time. Is this all that life offers to salarymen and their wives or is their hope for something more? Watch this movie to see Ozu's answer.

There are some terrific performances in this film. Particularly good are Awajima Chikage and Kishi Keiko. I was familiar with (and very impressed by) Ms. Kishi's work is such 1970s films as "Le Rendezvous", "Hunter in the Dark", and "Tora-San Loves an Artist". I was stunned to see her looking so young and wanton in this film.

This is not a particularly good transfer of this film to DVD. The images are quite dark and sometimes grainy. There also are occasional problems with the English subtitles. Nonetheless, I recommend very highly this unsparing look at the fate of Japanese salarymen.
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