Sunday, May 29, 2011

So many films with Ozu!

Noriko . . . is played by the actress who made so many films with Ozu, Setsuko Hara. — Norman N. Holland, Yasujiro Ozu, Tokyo Story, Tôkyô monogatari, 1953

Only six, as I suppose everyone who loves Ozu knows:

1. Late Spring (Banshun), 1949: Noriko Somiya
2. Early Summer (Bakushu), 1951: Noriko Mamiya
3. Tokyo Story (Tokyo Monogatari), 1953: Noriko Hirayama
4. Tokyo Twilight (Tokyo Boshoku), 1957: Takako Numata
5. Late Autumn (Akibiyori), 1960: Akiko Miwa
6. The End of Summer (Kohayagawa-ke no Aki), 1961: Akiko

Ozu List

Your sisters-in-law Fumiko and Shige in Tokyo Story were in nine (Haruko Sugimura) and ten (Kuniko Miyake) Ozu films respectivly. But Norman Holland is of course right to recall your large brightening presence in Ozu's œuvre.

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