Late Spring (Banshun)

Thursday, May 4
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1hr 48mins // directed by:Yasujirô Ozu // featuring:Chishû Ryû, Setsuko Hara // in Japanese with English subtitles

Director Yasujirô Ozu’s exquisite family portrait, made and set in post-war Japan during the Allied occupation, is ranked 15th in Sight & Sound’s most recent Greatest Films of All Times critics’ poll.  27-year-old Noriko (Setsuko Hara) lives happily with her beloved, widowed father (Chisû Ryû) as pressure mounts on her to marry.  

Family Bonds

Every family member is unique, with his or her own history, personality, demons and needs. Likewise every family. This series of six films by world-class directors presents singular families who are at crossroads and whose fascinating dynamics are reflections of their times and cultures.   

Each screening is preceded by an illuminating introduction and followed by a lively discussion. Join in the exploration of the thematic and cinematic complexities of these exceptional works.

Long-time Coolidge Breakfast Film Club instructor Kaj Wilson was Artistic Director of The Boston Jewish Film Festival for over a decade and former film editor of The Improper Bostonian