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An Autumn Afternoon (Dir. Yasujiro Ozu)

In the early 60's in Tokyo, the widower Hirayama is a former captain from the Japanese navy that works as a manager of a factory and lives with his twenty-four year-old daughter Michiko and his son Kazuo in his house. His older son Koichi is married with Akiko that are compulsive consumers and Akiko financially controls their expenses. Hirayama frequently meets his old friends Kawai and Professor Horie, who is married with a younger wife, to drink in a bar. When their school teacher Sakuma comes to a reunion of Hirayama with old school mates, they learn that the old man lives with his daughter that stayed single to take care of him. Michiko lives a happy life with her father and her brother, but Hirayama feels that it is time to let her go and tries to arrange a marriage for her.

(Source: IMDb).

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  • Cathy

    I did get to see this the other week - A lovely film which I'm glad I saw!

    June 7, 2014


    An unusual film which prompted a lively discussion, focussed on the lives of a group of elderly men 18 years after the end of the War. The main focus was on the difficulty in facing a lonely old age which in the case of the main character involved letting go of a daughter in encouraging her to move out and marry despite her protests and his desire to keep her there to look after him and provide love and companionship. There were comic moments with light hearted treatment of our main character's drink problem, but the underlying message of the encroaching difficulties and loneliness of age, together with a loss of purpose and direction was I thought handled with sensitivity. It was a film that held the attention although in fact not very much happened. The story could be condensed into a few lines.
    As usual it was good to meet up afterwards over a drink. An enjoyable event that made up for missing out on the mini heatwave outside.

    May 20, 2014

  • Muriel

    Sorry, I too couldn't resist staying in the sunshine so I'm afraid I missed that. Maybe in the summer months we could go for the later times?

    May 18, 2014

  • Cathy

    The spirit was willing but in the end the sunshine and the garden won out...a feeble excuse but there you go!

    May 18, 2014

  • Andy S.

    I saw the other day so will join afterwards for discussion

    May 18, 2014

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