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Why do I always cry when I watch an Ozu movie. It's like a deep, sad poetry.
I saw your comment on late Spring about the movie being similar to Tokyo Story. As a matter of fact both movies, together with early summer are part of the Trilogy that Ozu made around the character of Noriko played by Setsuko Hara. If you take the movies in chronological order you can see an evolution in the role played by her character: in the first film (Late Spring) she is looking for a husband but then doesn't marry to stay home with his father, in the second (Early Summer) (spoiler alert, I dunno if you have seen it, i recomend you do, its my favourite Ozu of all time) she surprises everyone by marrying a widow, in the last one (Tokyo Story) she is the widow herself.
Ozu often had these recurring themes running through many different films but each film still stands as individual. i suggest however that you watch them in order for the best perspective on the master's oeuvre.
It is not a coincidence that his final film a summer's afternoon comprises almost all his themes and casts his most used actors, its very moving. Such a great director.
That aside I really like the selection of movies you choose to watch. Ozu is my favourite director in the whole world. I am working towards seeing his entire output even though he was quite prolific so i am quite some way away. His early silent comedies are beautiful!
happiness is not something to expect but something you create...
I LOVE when films leave me with a feeling of calmness and happiness inside n_n
Truly amazing film and I agree with Razorblade I also enjoyed it even more than Tokyo Story!
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