Early Summer

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Overview

Writer/director Yasujiro Ozu combines two of his favorite themes--the culture clashes in modern Japan and the emergence of the independent Japanese woman--in Early Summer (Bakushu). Setsuko Hara plays a young woman of the post-war era who is promised in an arranged marriage. But too much has happened in the world and in the girl's own life to allow her to agree to this union without protest. The characters in Early Summer are neither remote historical personages nor distant foreigners. They are types as easily ...
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Overview

Writer/director Yasujiro Ozu combines two of his favorite themes--the culture clashes in modern Japan and the emergence of the independent Japanese woman--in Early Summer (Bakushu). Setsuko Hara plays a young woman of the post-war era who is promised in an arranged marriage. But too much has happened in the world and in the girl's own life to allow her to agree to this union without protest. The characters in Early Summer are neither remote historical personages nor distant foreigners. They are types as easily recognizable in Japan as in any country, and this commonality enhances the universal appeal of this austere film. Yasujiro Ozu collaborated on the script of Early Summer with Kogo Noda.
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Special Features

New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound; Audio commentary by Japanese film expert Donald Richie, author of Ozu and A Hundred Years of Japanese Film; Ozu's Films From Behind the scenes, a conversation about Ozu and his working methods between child actor and sound technician Kojiro Suematsu, assistant cameraman Takashi Kawamata, and producer Shizuo Yamanouchi; Original theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual layer edition; Plus a new essay by David Bordwell, author of Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema, and an article about Ozu by filmmaker Jim Jarmusch
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Dramatizing Yasujiro Ozu's post-war concerns with modernity, tradition, and the freedom of women, Early Summer (1951) explores the effects of an adult daughter's ambivalence about marriage. Through serious and humorous details of conversation, gesture, and ritual that establish the Mamiya family's daily life in a Tokyo suburb, Ozu reveals the web of relationships among Noriko, her brother Koichi, their parents, Koichi's wife and sons, and various friends and associates. While the elliptical narrative leaves out conventionally "important" moments in Noriko's decision about an arranged marriage, the dialogue and imagery speak eloquently to the universal difficulty of maintaining family ties in a changing culture. Though composed with Ozu's customary low, fixed camera and straight cuts, Early Summer is stylistically tied to his earlier work, which features a more mobile camera than his later films: fluidly evocative tracking shots become scene transitions, and a perpendicular crane shot following Noriko and her sister-in-law as they walk through dunes equates them visually as the world literally turns. Featuring a cast of Ozu regulars, including Setsuko Hara and Chishu Ryu, and two rascally boys akin to the sons in I Was Born, But. . . (1932) and Ohayo (1959), Early Summer earned Ozu another first place in Japanese film journal Kinema Jumpo's annual poll of best films.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/2004
  • UPC: 037429195925
  • Original Release: 1951
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 928

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Setsuko Hara Noriko
Chishu Ryu Koichi
Chikage Awashima Aya Tamura
Kuniko Miyake Fumiko
Ichiro Sugai Shukichi
Chieko Higashiyama Shige
Seiji Miyaguchi
Zen Murase Minoru
Kan Nihon-yanagi
Shuji Sano Sotaro Satake
Haruko Sugimura Tami Yabe
Toyoko Takahashi
Technical Credits
Yasujiro Ozu Director, Screenwriter
Yuharu Atsuta Cinematographer
Yoshiyasu Hamamura Editor
Senji Ito Score Composer
Kogo Noda Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [2:31]
2. Breakfast [8:32]
3. Jealous Old Maids [3:24]
4. Impudent Woman [2:58]
5. Uncle Visits [7:39]
6. Mr. Carrot [4:25]
7. Noriko Becomes Popular [7:15]
8. Time to Marry [3:51]
9. A Disagreement Among Friends [2:48]
10. Possibility [3:37]
11. A Detective Calls [3:32]
12. Boy's Day [6:38]
13. "Some Child Must Be Crying" [2:29]
14. Cake [5:02]
15. A Question of Age [6:40]
16. Missing Children [5:34]
17. Moving to Akita [2:46]
18. Noriko's Out [4:25]
19. Show Your Happiness [6:20]
20. The News [4:29]
21. Like a Dream [2:33]
22. A Compromised Acceptance [3:40]
23. "I Don't Need Any More Husbands" [5:59]
24. Family Meeting [2:40]
25. Trust [4:20]
26. Remember Tokyo [7:03]
27. "We've Been Really Happy" [3:32]
28. Color Bars [:00]
1. A Return to Ozu's Best Style [2:31]
2. Quotidian Details [8:32]
3. Social Climate [3:24]
4. Noriko's Character [2:58]
5. Financial Concerns/Iconic Settings [7:39]
6. Conventions [4:25]
7. The Film's Primary Theme [7:15]
8. Craftsmanship [3:51]
9. The Importance of Marriage [2:48]
10. Two Dimensions [3:37]
11. Arranged Marriages [3:32]
12. Bakushu/The Role of Children [6:38]
13. Transience [2:29]
14. Ozu's Popularity [5:02]
15. The Themes Unite [6:40]
16. Elisions [5:34]
17. Patterns [2:46]
18. A Ribald Sense of Humor [4:25]
19. Shot Length [6:20]
20. Realism [4:29]
21. The Influence of Ozu [2:33]
22. Codas [3:40]
23. Tradition vs. Modernity [5:59]
24. Home Drama [2:40]
25. A Dramatic Camera Move [4:20]
26. Goodbyes [7:03]
27. A Life Cycle [3:32]
28. Color Bars [:00]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Commentary
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      Commentary Index
   Ozu's Films From Behind the Scenes
      Play
      Index
         Recollections
         Ozu's Style
         Color, Editing & Cameras
         Postproduction & Studio Concerns
         A Reflection of the Man
   Trailer
   Subtitles
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