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Late Spring + The Only Son (Dual Format Edition)


Yasujiro Ozu's influential masterpiece is a tender meditation on family politics, sacrifice and the status quo. Also included is affecting depression-era drama The Only Son



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Yasijiro Ozu's hugely influential award-winning masterpiece, Late Spring is a tender meditation on family politics, sacrifice and the status quo. Noiko (Setsuko Hara), and her father, Professor Somiya (Chishu Ryu), live together in perfect harmony but old certainties are put at risk when an interfering aunt raises the question of marriage. Introducing Ozu's popular Noriko character, Late Spring poignantly examines the gradual compromise between modernity and tradition.

Against the backdrop of depression-era Japan, Ozu's first sound film The Only Son is an affecting drama which observes a single-parent only-child relationship from the mother's perspective. Otsune Nonomiya (Choko Lida) works long hours in a silk factory to fund her son Ryosuke's college education in Tokyo. But when she visits him to see his new life she finds some very startling surprises. Featuring Chishu Ryu as the teacher who convinces Otsune to part with Ryosuke, The Only Son is a powerful tale of sacrifice and hope.

  • Standard Definition and High Definition presentations of Late Spring and The Only Son (DVD and Blu-ray)
  • Fully illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essay
  • New and improved English subtitles
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SKU 5035673010686
Catalogue Number BFIB1068
Subtitle A Film by Yasujiro Ozu
Product contents DVD and Blu-ray editions
Year 1949
Director Ozu, Yasujiro
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries Japan
Aspect ratio 1.33:1
Colour Black & White
Sound Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit) Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit) + Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)
Subtitles English
Language(s) Japanese
Running time 108 min
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate U
BFICID_ID 150025100
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