Early Summer

Early Summer

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1951 • Japan

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.

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Early Summer
  • Early Summer

    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1951 • Japan

    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 ...

Extras

  • EARLY SUMMER Commentary

    Recorded in New York City in 2002, this commentary features Japanese film expert Donald Richie, author of “A Hundred Years of Japanese Film.”

  • Ozu’s Films from Behind the Scenes

    This conversation about Yasujiro Ozu and his working methods, produced by the Shochiku film company on the centenary of Ozu’s birth, features a few of his collaborators—child actor and sound and editing assistant Kojiro Suematsu, assistant cameraman Takashi Kawamata, and producer Shizuo Yamanouchi.