The Ozu Collection
LATE SPRING + THE ONLY SON (DVD + Blu-ray)
Films by Yasujiro Ozu
Yasujiro Ozu's hugely influential 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.
Also included here is Ozu's first sound film, The Only Son - a powerful tale of sacrifice and hope set against the backdrop of depression-era Japan. Otsune Nonomiya (Choko Lida) works long hours in a silk factory to fund her son Ryosuke's college education in Tokyo. But when she visits him to see his new life she finds some very startling surprises.
- Standard Definition and High Definition presentations of Late Spring and The Only Son (DVD and Blu-ray)
- Fully illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essay
- New and improved English subtitles
Japan | 1949 + 1936 | black and white | Japanese language, English subtitles | 108 minutes + 83 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1
Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit) + Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)
Region B Blu-ray
Region 2 DVD
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)