30 May, 2019 7:30 PM

Late Spring

Yasujir┼Ź Ozu, Japan, 1949 | 110 minutes

A young woman, Noriko, has cheerfully forsaken marriage so that she can care for her widowed father Shukichi. Determined to see his daughter wed, Shukichi and his sister trick Noriko to think that he plans to remarry, so that they can manoeuvre her into marriage.

An insightful look at postwar Japan, Late Spring reminds its characters and the audience of the changing world and the harsh reality that one cannot stay young forever.

Eminent Ozu players Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara command this poignant tale of love and loss, which remains as potent today as ever, and a strong justification for its maker’s inclusion in the pantheon of cinema’s greatest directors.