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A zephyr's touch,
This review is from: Criterion Collection: Late Spring [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
LATE SPRING's story is like a wisp of a breeze. So subtle is it that it would be a shame to reveal too many details and possibly ruin your 'experience' of this. After some 20 minutes of glimpses into the comfortable everyday lives of a widower and his 27-year-old daughter living near Tokyo, we are given the first indication of the possible threat to that idyllic life. It grows gradually, until it becomes an aching poignancy that carries to the end of the film.
There's no real outburst of emotion. Only a couple almost understated moments of honest expression amid tons of near-ritualistic Japanese etiquette, often with the people wearing broad masking smiles. (I'm part Japanese and it's still pretty alien to me.)
This is all filmed in director Ozu's exquisite style, still potent despite being in black and white.