Blu-ray Release: An Autumn Afternoon

Blu-ray Release Date: Feb. 17, 2015
Price: Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion


The 1962 film An Autumn Afternoon, the final movie from Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story) was also his last masterpiece, a gently heartbreaking drama about a man’s dignifed resignation to life’s shifting currents and society’s modernization.

Shima Iwashita in Ozu's An Autumn Afternoon

Shima Iwashita in Ozu’s An Autumn Afternoon

Though widower Shuhei (frequent Ozu leading man Chishu Ryu) has been living comfortably for years with his grown daughter, a series of events leads him to accept and encourage her marriage and departure from their home.

As elegantly composed and achingly tender as any of the Japanese master’s films, An Autumn Afternoon is one of cinema’s fondest farewells.

Presented in Japanese with English subtitles, Criterion’s Blu-ray edition of An Autumn Afternoon contains the following features:

  • New, 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    • Audio commentary featuring film scholar David Bordwell, author of Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema
    • Excerpts from Yasujiro Ozu and “The Taste of Sake,”a 1978 French television program, featuring critics Michel Ciment and Georges Perec, that looks back on Ozu’s career
    • Trailer
    • New English subtitle translation
    • Essays by critic Geoff Andrew and scholar Donald Richie
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