Late Spring

  • Setsuko Hara: Noriko Somiya
  • Chishu Ryu: Shukichi Somiya
  • Yumeji Tsukioka: Aya Kitagawa
  • Haruko Sugimura: Masa Taguchi
  • Hohi Aoki: Kasuyochi
  • June Usami: Shuichi Hattori
  • Kuniko Miyake Akiko Miwa
  • Masao Mishima: Jo Onodera
  • Yoshiko Tsubouchi: Kiku
  • Yoko Katsuragi: Misako
  • Toyoko Takahashi: Shige

Late spring (Japanese晩 春Banshun, ) is a Japanese film director Yasujiro Ozu of from the year 1949. In Germany, the drama was first broadcast on ARD on 15 March 1972.


The widowed professor Shukichi Somiya has a daughter of marriageable age named Noriko. However, Noriko would rather live with her father because she did not want to leave him alone. To facilitate their leaving the father's house, Somiya feigns a relationship with a younger woman.


Late spring is the first part of the so-called Noriko Trilogy ( Late Spring and wheat next fall and the trip to Tokyo). Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara play with in all three films, even if they are not the same people. After Late spring was very successful, the production company Shochiko wanted to produce a similar story of Ozu.

The family drama is one of the most typical films of the director. One can speak Late spring called Ur - type of the ever repeating themes of Ozu's films.


"With great sensitivity crafted work that deals with conflict situations within the Japanese family. "


Late spring won at the Kinema Junpo Awards 1950, the award for best film. In addition, the film won the Mainichi Eiga Concours 1950 four awards: Best Film, Best Director ( Yasujiro Ozu ), Best Actress ( Setsuko Hara ) and Best Screenplay ( Kogo Noda and Yasujiro Ozu ).