Late Spring ★★★½

Vastly superior to Early Summer, imo. The cinematography is beautiful. The acting is superb, especially from Setsuko Hara, and there are plenty of moments where the actors show off the characters’ subtle emotions and nuances. The emotion and drama of this movie is much more apparent and well executed in this compared to Early Summer, and the themes of married life, family and change are expressed better in this as well. The lingering, slow and conservative style of Ozu doesn’t become annoying like in Early Summer- instead, it adds to the atmosphere, themes and drama of the movie.