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Late spring Banshun
Ozu, Yasujirō, 1903-1963.
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Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection, [2006] ; [Canada :] : [ [distributor], [2008]
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1 videodisc (200 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. (DVD) + 1 booklet (19 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.) + 1 bonus disc.
Late spring: A widowed father feels compelled to marry off his beloved only daughter.

Tokyo-ga: director Wim Wenders's tribute to Yasujiro Ozu. On the streets of Tokyo, through film clips and in interviews with some of Yasujiro Ozu's legendary collaborators, Wim Wenders explores the world of Ozu and ponders the nature of images.
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Special features: Disc one: Audio commentary by Richard Peña, program director of New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Booklet features a new essay by critic Michael Atkinson and renowned Japanese film historian Donald Richie.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1949. Tokyo-ga originally released as a motion picture in 1985.
Disc one: Late spring (2006, 108 min.) -- Disc two. Tokyo-ga (1985, 92 min.).
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Veteran Japanese writer/director Yasujiro Ozu's second postwar production was 1949's Late Spring or Banshun. Chisu Ryu plays another of Ozu's realistic middle-class types, this time a widower with a marriageable daughter. Not wishing to see the girl resign herself to spinsterhood, Ryu pretends that he himself is about to be married. The game plan is to convince the daughter that they'll be no room for her at home, thus forcing her to seek comfort and joy elsewhere. What makes this homey little domestic episode work is the rapport between Chisu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, who plays the daughter. Late Spring is no facile Hollywood farce; we like these people, believe in them, and wish them the best. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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