Early summer

Early summer

Bakushu

DVD - 2004 | Japanese
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The Mamiya family is seeking a husband for their daughter, Noriko, but she has ideas of her own.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, c2004.
ISBN: 9780780028906
0780028902
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Bakushu
Summary: The Mamiya family is seeking a husband for their daughter, Noriko, but she has ideas of her own.

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Nursebob
Dec 12, 2014

Another wry exploration of Japan’s post WWII generation gap which saw children respectfully rebelling against their parents’ traditional values. This time around twenty-eight year old Noriko’s family are determined to see her marry their bachelor of choice; but the headstrong young woman has romantic ideas of her own. Supported by her liberated friend (they both wear western fashions, hold down jobs, and believe in female assertiveness) she resists the allure of conformity and decides to follow her own heart much to the consternation, and eventual illumination, of her mom and dad. Brilliant images of soaring balloons and waving kites are tempered by a few happily caged birds and scenes of everyday domesticity while Ozu’s signature use of trains, smoke, and a restless ocean gently underscore the fact that life is what it is and every decision comes at a cost. Meanwhile, the skewed priorities of Noriko’s two bratty nephews remind us all that a sense of humour is indispensable if we are to weather all those slings and arrows. The zen-like cinematography is serene and the opening/closing choral pieces are piercingly beautiful.

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ms_mustard
Feb 13, 2012

One of my favorite Ozu films - more humor that in most of them.

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