“Each shot in Late Spring is striking on its own; the mature Ozu belongs to that rare category of filmmakers whose work can be recognized from a single frame.” - Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club

“One of the best two or three films Ozu ever made.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Friday, June 16 & Sunday, June 18 | A series about fathers would not be complete without an Ozu film. In LATE SPRING, the Japanese master delivers the heartbreaking story of the widowed professor Shukichi Somiya (Chishû Ryû, Ozu’s frequent star) who lives with his only daughter, Noriko (Setsuko Hara, Ozu’s frequent muse). The two live a simple and content life that is altered when Shukichi’s sister suggests that Noriko should marry. The first installment of Ozu’s “Noriko trilogy” (followed by EARLY SUMMER and TOKYO STORY), LATE SPRING is a melancholic and delicate reflection on obligation and selflessness that only Ozu could deliver. We will have Kleenex at the ready.

Awards & Nominations

Winner - Best Film, Best Actress (Setsuko Hara), Best Director, Best Screenplay, Mainichi Film Concours

Daddy IssuesPaternal relationships—from the challenging to the cherished—have been consistent fodder for the big screen. In the ten films of our Daddy Issues series—timed perfectly for you to celebrate (or denounce) Father’s Day—we take a closer look at the foundational father figure in film. From the heroic to the delinquent, from the absent to the affable, the fathers of Daddy Issues have raised us, onscreen and off. View full series.