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Early Summer

Spine #240

Jul 20, 2004

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • Japanese Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Early Summer

Directed By: Yasujiro Ozu
Starring: Setsuko Hara, Chishu Ryu, Chikage Awashima, Kuniko Miyake, Ichiro Sagai, Chieko Higashiyama, Haruko Sugimura, Hiroshi Nihonyanagi
Licensor: Shochiku

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The Mamiya family is seeking a husband for their daughter, Noriko, but she has ideas of her own. Played by the extraordinary Setsuko Hara, Noriko impulsively chooses her childhood friend, at once fulfilling her family's desires while tearing them apart. A seemingly simple story, Early Summer is one of Yasujiro Ozu's most complex works-a nuanced examination of life's changes across three generations. The Criterion Collection is proud to present one of the director's most enduring classics.

  • Audio commentary by Japanese-film expert Donald Richie, author of Ozu and A Hundred Years of Japanese Film
  • Ozu's Films from Behind-the-Scenes, a conversation about Ozu and his working methods between child-actor and sound technician Kojiro Suematsu, assistant cameraman Takashi Kawamata, and Ozu producer Shizuo Yamanouchi
  • Original theatrical trailer


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