Starring Setsuko Hara, Yoko Tsukasa, Mariko Okada, Keiji Sada, Shin Saburi, Miyuki Kuwano
Bright. Vibrant. Dull.
One of lauded Japanese director Ozu’s color films, Late Autumn chronicles three male friends still carrying a torch for their college crush, Akiko (Hara), now widowed. Unable to pursue a relationship with her, they turn their attention to helping her beautiful daughter find a husband. It’s a lovely story with gorgeous imagery full of warm, loving characters. To this point, however, of what I’ve seen, I haven’t responded to any of Ozu’s films. I haven’t swayed for a second in either direction away from cold neutral. His style keeps me at a distance, and eventually makes for dull proceedings. I’ll continue watching some of his essentials, and maybe something will click.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-