Tokyo Story director Yasujiro Ozu s hugely influential and award-winning masterpiece, Late Spring, is a tender meditation on family politics, sacrifice and the status quo. Noriko (Setsuko Hara) and her father, Professor Somiya (Chishu Ryu) live together in perfect harmony, but old certainties are put at risk when an interfering aunt raises the question of marriage. Introducing Ozu s popular Noriko character, Late Spring poignantly examines the gradual compromise between modernity and tradition and is now available for the first time on Blu-ray from the BFI..
Contains full length feature The Only Son, Ozu s first sound film, as an extra (DVD only)
- Dual Format Edition: includes both Blu-ray and the DVD versions of the main feature
- Contains full length feature The Only Son, Ozu s first sound film, as an extra (DVD only)
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Extensive illustrated booklet featuring essays and film notes
- Dolby Digital mono audio (320 kbps)
United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Linear PCM ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Booklet, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Late Spring (1949) Noriko is 27 years old and is still living with her father Somiya, a widower. Noriko just recovered from an illness she developed in the war, and now the important question pops up: when will Noriko start thinking about marriage? Everybody who is important in her life tries to talk her into it: her father, her aunt, a girlfriend. But Noriko doesn't want to get married, she seems extremely happy with her life. She wants to stay with her father to take care of him. After all, she knows best of his manners and peculiarities. But Noriko's aunt doesn't want to give up. She arranges a partner for her and thinks of a plan that will convince Noriko her father can be left alone. The Only Son (1936) In 1923, in the province of Shinshu, the widow and simple worker of a silk factory Tsune Nonomiya (O-Tsune) decides to send her only son to Tokyo for having a better education. Thirteen years later, she visits her son Ryosuke Nonomiya (Shinichi Himori), and finds that he is a poor and frustrated night-school teacher with a wife, Sugiko (Yoshiko Tsubouchi), and a baby boy. ...Late Spring / The Only Son ( Banshun (Kathysterimeni anoixi) / Hitori musuko ) (Blu-Ray)