Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father.
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Noriko is 27 years old and is still living with her father Somiya, a widower. Noriko just recovered from an illness she developed in the war, and now the important question pops up: when will Noriko start thinking about marriage? Everybody who is important in her life tries to talk her into it: her father, her aunt, a girlfriend. But Noriko doesn't want to get married, she seems extremely happy with her life. She wants to stay with her father to take care of him. After all, she knows best of his manners and peculiarities. But Noriko's aunt doesn't want to give up. She arranges a partner for her and thinks of a plan that will convince Noriko her father can be left alone.
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Chishû Ryû||-||Shukichi Somiya|
|Setsuko Hara||-||Noriko Somiya|
|Yumeji Tsukioka||-||Aya Kitagawa|
|Haruko Sugimura||-||Masa Taguchi|
|Jun Usami||-||Shôichi Hattori|
|Kuniko Miyake||-||Akiko Miwa|
|Masao Mishima||-||Jo Onodera|
|Toyo Takahashi||-||Shige (as Toyoko Takahashi)|
|Jun Tanizaki||-||Seizô Hayashi|
|Ichirô Shimizu||-||Takigawa's master|
|Yôko Benisawa||-||Teahouse Proprietress|
It is the first installment of Ozu's so-called "Noriko trilogy". The others are Early Summer (Bakushu, 1951) and Tokyo Story (Tokyo Monogatari, 1953).
Most of the movie takes place in Kita-Kamakura, about 30 miles from downtown Tokyo. Several years after the release of the film, the director, 'Yasujiro Ozu', moved with his mother to the area and spent the rest of his life there. (His tomb is also located there.) Furthermore, the film's star, Setsuko Hara, also eventually moved to the area and, as of May 2013, reportedly still lives there under her birth name, Masae Aida.
The film was written and shot during the Allied Powers' Occupation of Japan.
In the 2012 version of "Greatest Films of All Time" Sight & Sound poll Late Spring appears as the 15th greatest film of all time.
The film was subject to the Occupation's official censorship requirements.
The occupying American forces in Japan following World War II censored two specific lines in the script regarding the main character's health and the state of Tokyo. Director Ozu was forced to change these lines in the film.
Ranked number 53 non-English-speaking film in the critics' poll conducted by the BBC in 2018.
At about 45:24 Noriko's aunt mentions a baseball movie starring Gary Cooper. The movie she's referencing is The Pride of the Yankees (1942).
This film has a 100% rating based on 24 critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #331.