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1956 / Japan / Drama, Romance / In Japanese with English subtitles / 145 min / PG
Dir. Yasujirō OZU 小津 安二郎

 

OZU’s exceptional follow-up to his critically acclaimed Tokyo Story is a spellbinding lamentation of fractured hopes and dreams in post-war Japan. Set in the quintessentially humdrum world of salarymen, a discontented young white-collar worker – bored with his wife and his job – has a brief affair with the office flirt, and imperils his marriage.

I wanted to show the life of a man with such a job — his happiness over graduation and finally becoming a member of society, his hopes for the future gradually dissolving, his realising that, even though he has worked for years, he has accomplished nothing … I wanted to bring out what you might call the pathos of such a life. – OZU

A sensitive tale woven in OZU’s signature formal beauty and timeless minimalism with a tinge of low-key sadness, Early Spring is touching, thoughtful, and filled with warmth and humour – making this your best, most unforgettable starting point to this great master’s illustrious oeuvre.

*This film will also be screened on 27 Jan. Click here for more information.

 

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