Japan 2021

Early Summer


Ozu’s earlier classic tells of a 28-year-old woman under pressure to marry.

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Japan 1951
Dir Yasujirô Ozu
With Setsuko Hara, Chishu Ryu, Ichirô Sugai, Chieko Higashiyama, Shuji Sano
Digital 4K
English subtitles
Certificate U

If you love Tokyo Story you will also love Ozu’s earlier classic, another probing study of the Japanese family in transition. At 28, Noriko (Hara) lives in largely harmonious fashion with her parents and her brother’s family, but faces growing pressure to marry. Although the tone is lighter, gentler and more upbeat than Tokyo Story, this bittersweet and affecting film is still an emotional viewing experience.

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The screening on Thursday 18 October will be introduced by Professor Alastair Phillips, University of Warwick.