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by Allan Fish

(Japan 1949 108m) DVD1/2

Aka. Banshun

Waiting for a good ball

p  uncredited  d  Yasujiro Ozu  w  Yasujiro Ozu, Kogo Noda  ph  Yuharu Atsuta  ed  Yoshiyasu Hamamura  m  Senji Ito  art  Tatsuo Hamada

Chishu Ryu (Prof Shukichi Somiya), Setsuko Hara (Noriko, his daughter), Yumeji Tsukioka (Aya Kitagawa), Haruko Sugimura (Masa Taguchi), Hohi Aoki (Katsuyochi Taguchi), Jun Usami, Kuniko Miyake,

Ozu’s masterwork is often referred to as the first of his Noriko trilogy (followed by other masterpieces Early Summer and Tokyo Story) in which Setsuko Hara plays a girl called Noriko.  It can also be seen as the original version of the tale tackled in his last film, the marginally inferior An Autumn Afternoon

            Professor Somiya is a 56 year old widower whose daughter Noriko is in her late twenties and nearly beyond marriageable age, but who is still living at home looking after her father.  Though she is everything to him, he realises that her looking after him is selfish so he contrives to try and see her married.  Yet Noriko does not want to go, so her father pretends that he intends to remarry himself, to relieve her worries of his not taking care of himself, so that she will marry.  Of course, he never intends to remarry.  (more…)

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