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Late Spring / The Only Son (DVD + Blu-ray)

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  • Actors: Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara, Choko Lida, Shinichi Himori
  • Directors: Yasujiro Ozu
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Mono
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: BFI Video
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jun. 2010
  • Run Time: 191 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038409YC
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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.

Special Features

  • 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

Review

'The greatest of all Japanese film makers' --Jana Bokova

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I would recommend Late Spring to everyone capable of empathy, even those of us sorely tested by the stately progress of Ozu's supposed magnum opus, Tokyo Story (1953). The latter also features Setsuko Hara as Noriko and also Chishû Ryû, but in addition to being notably swifter, Late Spring focuses its attention more on the unmarried Noriko, rather than on the saintly but dull old couple visiting Tokyo. Noriko 'should' be married by now, according to various elders, but all she wants is to stay with her dad. If it is only human nature to want to marry and procreate, it's only human nature to interfere in the lives of others.

One or two comical elements aside - some of the music is corny and the significance of the Noh play will be lost on most westerners - Late Spring is occasionally funny but often painfully sad, more overtly emotional than Tokyo Story's narrative of disappointment. One might be tempted to sneer at Noriko's sunny disposition, but when they start to pester her the smile vanishes: the effect is shocking. Ozu has the gift of making one remember how to appreciate human emotions rather than dismiss them as a loss of composure.

Anyway, it is a portrait of a vanished world, one whose restraint makes Jane Austen costume dramas look downright licentious. Fascinating and haunting viewing.
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Most people might not like this style because it is too apparently simple, while it is much more complex and powerful than it seems.
Ozu's masterpieces (and this is one of them) are in fact made of a very controlled and quiet direction, that is functional to breathe life into their stories and let the actors, the scenes, the movements and the mood create unique and touching moments to be felt by viewers rather than being watched.
Ozu is the demonstration of simplicity achieved out of a very complex and deep vision of the world and of cinema language. It is like Eastwood one said: "the idea of perfection and beauty lies in its absolute simplicity".
And Ozu, simply, makes us live and empathize with something very common for everyone: getting old, fear of being alone, love and affection for those you care the most, and the hope you will be loved back.
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Ozu Yasujirō was one of the greatest film directors and after decades of obscurity outside Japan it is cause for celebration that at last BFI are doing him proud by releasing all 36 of his surviving films on both DVD and Blu-ray. The way the films are being released is also to be applauded. The earliest films have been offered in box sets, the Student Comedies and the Gangster Films making up two desirable items, while the late post-war masterpieces are offered in duel releases, the Blu-ray versions as supplements to the DVDs containing one `main' feature each coupled with one of his earlier sound films from the 30s/40s. In this way we get to see rare films which we ordinarily might pass over and realize that they are every bit as good as the main features they support.

Ozu's greatness is evidenced by a staggeringly high level of consistency throughout his output from the early silents to the final austere masterworks. Late Spring is one of his most revered films and it looks very beautiful here with very clear pictures and sound. Some reviewers say the Criterion region 1 version is even better, with improved picture resolution. The Criterion release also comes with a Richard Peña commentary and Wim Wenders' documentary Tokyo-Ga (1985), an Ozu homage which has interviews with Ryū Chishū and Yūharu Atsuta. That sounds tempting, but if you go for it you will miss out on the wonderful pre-war masterpiece The Only Son which BFI have coupled Late Spring with here. Not having a Blu-ray player I can't comment on the first disc which contains both films, but the DVD is certainly excellent. The Only Son has been chosen by BFI because it has the same theme of an only child growing up with a single parent.
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...in order to demonstrate what it is to be a human being in a state of steady affluence and the problems which then we face; the subtle, painful lonely moments which are, if we are honest, unavoidable yet, here, beautiful and shared through art. This film is one of the most touching experiences I have had through 'art'.
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For Customers looking forward to seeing the difficult to find extra feature film -The Only Son- those owning a Blu-ray player may be interested to know that the information printed above, regarding the format of this film is wrong , or at the very least misleading.According to those fine people at dvdbeaver, the film appears as an extra to the main feature IN BLU-RAY format, as well as in dvd format.I Hope this doesn't confuse people who already have Late Spring, as is does me, wondering whether they should buy this package or the pricier but alluring Criterion (Region 1) set containing dvd only editions of The Only Son and There Was a Father.
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I haven't yet watched the main feature Late Spring, but I wanted to let people know what a great film The Only Son is. And it is indeed on the blu-ray disc here, although of course a Japanese film of this vintage is hardly going to be hi-def. The film builds slowly as a single mother makes sacrifices to give her only son a good education. The film then jumps to the present day - Tokyo 1936 - when the mother visits the grown-up boy. I wouldn't want to give too much away, but suffice it to say the themes of filial/maternal love are dealt with in a moving, almost gut-wrenching manner. Ambition and disappointment are to the fore here, until everyone discovered a greater truth. Although the ending is not as entirely clear cut as that but much more subtly real. In short a marvelous movie and an emotional ride.
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