I’ve remembered the first time I watched one of Ozu’s movie when my film studies’ lecture in college gave us few director names to study their works. Ozu is one on the list. Late Autumn was my first Ozu’s film I watched, but it didn’t bring any special impression back then, maybe because I was too young and too obsessed and too impressed with Michel Gondry’s fancy visual manipulation. It was like 10 years ago, oh God!
Last week, while browsing in youtube randomly, I found someone made a tribute video to Yosujiro Ozu, and it was triggering me to re-watch Late Autumn. It took years to let me fall in love with the movie. What I can say this is a happy and a handsome movie, a cinema that speaks to my soul. This impression I got now was totally different to what I had a decade ago.
Films appearing in tribute: Equinox Flower (1958), Good Morning (1959), Floating Weeds (1959), Late Autumn (1960), The End of Summer (1961), An Autumn Afternoon (1962).
I was continuing myself to watch Late Spring, the movie was made in 1949. I believe, this is one of Ozu’s favorite of his owns. Late Spring offers tenderness in the place of melodrama, and I can understand why as the director tells a simple story with relatable truths and honest intensity, even though the relationship is rather unusual by Western traditions.
I am more amazed and further impressed. As a director, he was a master of understated elegance. Sincerely, I urge anybody that love cinema to see his movies, quite simply one of the greatest films I have seen. What a gem! ❤