AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON
SANMA NO AJI
1962, Janus Films, 113 min, Japan, Dir: Yasujirô Ozu

The final film from master director Yasujirô Ozu touches upon many of his favorite themes: marriage, family ties, generation gaps and loneliness among them. Ozu regular Chishû Ryû stars as salaryman Hirayama, a widower who lives contentedly with his daughter and youngest son. But a night out drinking with a former teacher (Eijirō Tōno) prompts Hirayama to wonder if he has consigned his daughter to a life of spinsterhood. One of Ozu’s few color films, this understated drama puts his famously meticulous shot compositions to excellent use.


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