Ozu is one of the few directors who can claim to have pioneered a unique style, and when it works—Late Spring, Tokyo Story—there's nothing better. But few directors were also so content to keep making and remaking the same material. This is essentially a remake of Late Spring, interesting only when it differs in subplots. I can't help but think that every self-respecting canon needs one Ozu film, and nothing more.
ozu's final film about lonely aging man, i start to think that maybe this is what he feels in his final days, like chisu ryu sit alone in midnight at the ending. but the most emotional part is, the shots of empty rooms at the end. well, ozu's grave "nothingness" start to come up in my mind and makes me sad. his ellipsis editing is always genius.
What many call "gentle" and "lovely", I call dramaturgically flat. It's true that "An Autumn Afternoon" has its moments, but they are as rare as the shots in which none of the characters drink beer or sake. Only in the final scenes does one begin to sympathize with the protagonist, but it's too late for the picture to be effective. I would call it an over-confident bore, over-valued by western cinephiles.
One of the loveliest, most gentle films I've ever seen. Possibly Ozu's best film, and I know that is saying a lot. It has some hilarious moments (everything with The Gourd and of course the salute dance thing!!!) but in the end it made me feel quite sad, but not overbearingly so. It's just frankly one of the best, farewell, Ozu-san. 5/5
Perfect cinematography. "Late Spring" with more color but less humanity. Ozu's formal depuration and dramatic sensibility is just the same, but the characters seem more distant, more closed in their selfishness. I missed that bond between the daughter and the father, the same that Ozu had given us in "Tokyo Story" with the elderly couple and the daughter-in-law. And I missed Chishu Ryu peeling the apple in the end...