Early Summer [Special Edition] [Criterion Collection]

Early Summer [Special Edition] [Criterion Collection]

Director: Yasujiro Ozu Cast: Setsuko Hara
Setsuko Hara
, Ichiro Sugai
Ichiro Sugai
, Chieko Higashiyama
Chieko Higashiyama
, Chishu Ryu
Chishu Ryu
Yasujiro Ozu
Early Summer [Special Edition] [Criterion Collection]

Early Summer [Special Edition] [Criterion Collection]

Director: Yasujiro Ozu Cast: Setsuko Hara
Setsuko Hara
, Ichiro Sugai
Ichiro Sugai
, Chieko Higashiyama
Chieko Higashiyama
, Chishu Ryu
Chishu Ryu
Yasujiro Ozu

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Overview

Writer/director Yasujiro Ozu combines two of his favorite themes--the culture clashes in modern Japan and the emergence of the independent Japanese woman--in Early Summer (Bakushu). Setsuko Hara plays a young woman of the post-war era who is promised in an arranged marriage. But too much has happened in the world and in the girl's own life to allow her to agree to this union without protest. The characters in Early Summer are neither remote historical personages nor distant foreigners. They are types as easily recognizable in Japan as in any country, and this commonality enhances the universal appeal of this austere film. Yasujiro Ozu collaborated on the script of Early Summer with Kogo Noda.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/2004
UPC: 0037429195925
Original Release: 1951
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Language: English
Time: 2:05:00
Sales rank: 19,804

Special Features

New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound; 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 producer Shizuo Yamanouchi; Original theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual layer edition; Plus a new essay by David Bordwell, author of Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema, and an article about Ozu by filmmaker Jim Jarmusch

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Setsuko Hara Noriko
Ichiro Sugai Sh¿kichi
Chieko Higashiyama Shige Mamiya
Chishu Ryu K¿ichi
Chikage Awashima Aya Tamura
Kuniko Miyake Fumiko Mamiya
Haruko Sugimura Tami Yabe
Kuniko Igawa Takako
Hiroshi Nihon'yanagi Kenkichi Yabe
Shuji Sano Sotaro Satake
Seiji Miyaguchi Actor
Kan Nihon-yanagi Actor
Toyoko Takahashi Actor
Zen Murase Minoru
Senji Ito Composer

Technical Credits
Yasujiro Ozu Director,Screenwriter
Takeshi Yamamoto Producer
Kogo Noda Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [2:31]
2. Breakfast [8:32]
3. Jealous Old Maids [3:24]
4. Impudent Woman [2:58]
5. Uncle Visits [7:39]
6. Mr. Carrot [4:25]
7. Noriko Becomes Popular [7:15]
8. Time to Marry [3:51]
9. A Disagreement Among Friends [2:48]
10. Possibility [3:37]
11. A Detective Calls [3:32]
12. Boy's Day [6:38]
13. "Some Child Must Be Crying" [2:29]
14. Cake [5:02]
15. A Question of Age [6:40]
16. Missing Children [5:34]
17. Moving to Akita [2:46]
18. Noriko's Out [4:25]
19. Show Your Happiness [6:20]
20. The News [4:29]
21. Like a Dream [2:33]
22. A Compromised Acceptance [3:40]
23. "I Don't Need Any More Husbands" [5:59]
24. Family Meeting [2:40]
25. Trust [4:20]
26. Remember Tokyo [7:03]
27. "We've Been Really Happy" [3:32]
28. Color Bars [:00]
1. A Return to Ozu's Best Style [2:31]
2. Quotidian Details [8:32]
3. Social Climate [3:24]
4. Noriko's Character [2:58]
5. Financial Concerns/Iconic Settings [7:39]
6. Conventions [4:25]
7. The Film's Primary Theme [7:15]
8. Craftsmanship [3:51]
9. The Importance of Marriage [2:48]
10. Two Dimensions [3:37]
11. Arranged Marriages [3:32]
12. Bakushu/The Role of Children [6:38]
13. Transience [2:29]
14. Ozu's Popularity [5:02]
15. The Themes Unite [6:40]
16. Elisions [5:34]
17. Patterns [2:46]
18. A Ribald Sense of Humor [4:25]
19. Shot Length [6:20]
20. Realism [4:29]
21. The Influence of Ozu [2:33]
22. Codas [3:40]
23. Tradition vs. Modernity [5:59]
24. Home Drama [2:40]
25. A Dramatic Camera Move [4:20]
26. Goodbyes [7:03]
27. A Life Cycle [3:32]
28. Color Bars [:00]
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