Early Summer

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This film was last shown on 22 December 2021

In Ozu’s Early Summer, The Mamiya family is seeking a husband for their daughter, Noriko, but she has ideas of her own. In post-war Japan, society is changing: Noriko is happily independent, working and enjoying time with her friends. Prompted by a relative, her family seek to find her a husband and welcome the proposal of Noriko’s 40 year-old colleague. Noriko has other plans, and makes a decision that both fulfils her family’s desires while tearing them apart. A deceptively complex film, Early Summer follows a similar narrative thread to several of Ozu’s other works, most notably the divide between generations and the examination of the family unit.

Yasujirō Ozu
2 hours 5 minutes
Chikage Awashima, Chishū Ryū, Setsuko Hara


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