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BFI Ozu Collection titles in May

On 23 May the BFI adds more titles to its ongoing strand, The Ozu Collection with the release of Late Autumn (1960) and An Autumn Afternoon (1962). Presented in Dual Format Editions (a Blu-ray and a DVD disc in one box), each main feature is complemented by an early Ozu film that has never been made available in the UK before.

Late Autumn (Akibiyori) & A Mother Should be Loved (Haha O Kowazuya)

When college nostalgia inspires a group of middle-aged businessmen to match-make for the widow of a friend - played with measured dignity by Setsuko Hara (Tokyo Story) - and her daughter, they have no idea of the strife their careless interference will cause. Late Autumn's examination of familial upheaval moves effortlessly from comedy to pathos and is amongst the finest of Ozu's post-war films.

Also included here is surviving version of Ozu's moving silent drama A Mother Should be Loved. Missing both first and last reels, the incomplete film nevertheless achieves a dramatic intensity in its portrayal of a young man struggling to deal with a disturbing family secret. It is presented with an alternative, newly commissioned, score by composer Ed Hughes.

Features include:

  • Disc 1: BD25 / 1080p / 24fps / PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit) / Region B
  • Disc 2: DVD9 / PAL / Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps) / Region 2
  • 1.33:1 / Japanese language, English subtitles
  • Standard Definition and High Definition presentations of Late Autumn (DVD & Blu-ray)
  • Standard Definition presentation of A Mother Should be Loved
  • Optional score for A Mother Should be Loved by Ed Hughes, commissioned exclusively for the BFI
  • Illustrated booklet with a new sleevenote essay by Asian cinema expert Alexander Jacoby
  • New and improved English subtitles

An Autumn Afternoon (Sanma No Aji) & A Hen in the Wind (Kaze No Naka No Mendori)

Yasujiro Ozu's elegiac final film An Autumn Afternoon charts the inevitable eclipse of older generations by irreverent youth. Revisiting the story of his earlier masterpiece Late Spring (1949), Ozu once again casts Chishu Ryu in the role of a concerned father, Hirayama, to unmarried daughter Michiko. Harangued on all sides to marry off Michiko, Hirayama reluctantly prepares to bid his old life farewell. A cast of tragi-comic characters weaves seamlessly through this gently satirical portrayal of life's inevitable, endless cycle.

Ozu's rarely seen post-war melodrama A Hen in the Wind is also included here. In a Japan recently devastated by World War II a devoted, near-destitute mother turns to prostitution to pay medical bills when her son falls dangerously ill.

Features include:
  • Disc 1: BD25 / 1080p / 24fps / PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit) / Region B
  • Disc 2: DVD9 / PAL / Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps) / Region 2
  • 1.33:1 / Japanese language, English subtitles
  • Standard Definition and High Definition presentation of An Autumn Afternoon (DVD & Blu-ray)
  • Standard Definition presentation of A Hen in the Wind (DVD only)
  • Illustrated booklet with a new sleevenote essay by Kyoko Hirano and Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • New and improved English subtitles

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Last updated: 18/04/2018 12:40:01

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