Early Summer (1951)

Japan
Feature Film
Original Title: 麦秋
Director: Ozu Yasujirō
Writers: Noda Kōgo, Ozu Yasujirō
Cinematographer: Atsuta Yuuharu
Composer: Itō Senji
Cast: Hara Setsuko, Ryū Chishū, Awashima Chikage, Miyake Kuniko, Sugai Ichirō, Higashiyama Chieko, Sugimura Haruko, Ikawa Kuniko, Nihonyanagi Kan, Shirosawa Isao, Murase Zen

Members of a happy Tokyo family begin to worry about the marital status of its eldest daughter, 28-year-old Noriko (the always wonderful Hara), who has so far she has laughed off suggestions of marriage; and so, when a possible suitor is identified, she announces ideas of her own, which are not immediately welcomed, in Ozu’s warm, poignant, gently humorous, and soul-caressingly beautiful ode to family life. Iain.Stott