Ozu’s final film colourfully and emotionally revisits the themes of Late Spring.

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  • An AUTUMN AFTERNOON Alternative
  • The TASTE OF FISH Alternative
  • SAMMA NO OJI Alternative
  • The TASTE OF MACKEREL PIKE Alternative
  • The WIDOWER Alternative


Ozu’s final film – about a widower (Ryu) keen to marry off his daughter, who’s reluctant to leave him living alone – is one of his most moving, notwithstanding the wry humour in scenes featuring the protagonist’s friends. Especially remarkable is the exquisitely subtle palette; interiors, costumes and props together produce a becalmed muted beauty, enhanced by occasional splashes of red.

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