A dual format (blu ray and DVD) BFI release of two films from director Yasujiro Ozu.
When family, friends and colleagues pressure Noriko played with enigmatic brilliance by Setsuko Hara (Tokyo Story, Late Spring) to marry they provoke a surprising decision with wide-reaching consequences. A wonderfully poised ensemble work, Yasujiro Ozu's Early Summer presents the intricacies and contradictions of three generations who have lived through the end of an era and are looking towards the new.
Also included here is Ozu's comic pre-war feature, What Did the Lady Forget?, which plays with the themes of emasculation and feminine assertion. By escaping the strictures of his tyrannical wife, browbeaten Professor Komiya falls into the clutches of his audacious niece, Setsuko.
Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Cast: Setsuko Hara, Chishu Ryu, Sumiko Kurishima
Standard Definition and High Definition presentations of Early Summer (DVD and Blu-ray)
Standard Definition presentation of What Did the Lady Forget? (DVD only)
Fully illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essay by Michael Atkinson, director biography by Tony Ryans, as well as Chishu Ryu on working with Ozu
New and improved English subtitles
Japan | 1951 + 1937 | black and white | Japanese language, English subtitles | 125 minutes + 73 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1
Disc 1: BD25 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit) + Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)
Region B Blu-ray
Region 2 DVD