Late Autumn

Comedy turns to pathos in Yasujiro Ozu’s tale of a group of businessmen who conspire to match-make for a widow and her daughter.

When college nostalgia inspires a group of middle-aged businessmen to match-make for the widow – played with measured dignity by Setsuko Hara (Tokyo Story) – of one of their friends and her daughter, they have no idea of the strife their careless interference will cause. Late Autumn’s examination of familial upheaval moves effortlessly from comedy to pathos and is amongst the finest of legendary director Yasujiro Ozu’s post-war films.

Included here is the surviving version of Ozu’s moving silent drama A Mother Should Be Loved. Missing both first and last reels the incomplete film nevertheless achieves a dramatic intensity in its portrayal of Sadao, a young man struggling to deal with a disturbing family secret.

Special features

  • Optional score for A Mother Should be Loved by composer Ed Hughes, commissioned exclusively for the BFI.
  • Fully illustrated booklet with a newly commissioned essay by Asian cinema expert Alexander Jacoby.
  • New and improved English subtitles.
     

Product information

    • Certificate

      PG

    • Colour

      Colour and Black/white

    • Sound

      Sound

    • Running time

      129mins

    • Languages

      Japanese

    • Subtitles

      English

    • Original aspect ratio

      1.33:1

    • DVD region

      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

    • Blu-ray region

      • B - Includes most European and Middle-Eastern countries, all of Africa, Australia and New Zealand

    • Catalogue number

      BFIB1073

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