Early Summer: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1951) / Region 1
Early Summer: The Criterion Collection

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The Mamiya family is seeking a husband for their daughter, Noriko, but she has ideas of her own. Played by the extraordinary Setsuko Hara, Noriko impulsively chooses her childhood friend, at once fulfilling her family's desires while tearing them apart. A seemingly simple story, Early Summer is one of Yasujiro Ozu's most complex works - a nuanced examination of life's changes across three generations. The criterion collection is proud to present one of the director's most enduring classics.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added May 04 2004
  • Production Year 1951
  • Empire SKU 605671
  • UPC Code 037429195925
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Audio Commentary By Japanese-Film Expert Donald Richie, Author of Ozu and A Hundred Years Of Japanese Film
Ozu's Films From Behind The Scenes, A Conversation Between Ozu Producer Shizuo Yamanouchi, Actor and Technician Kojiro Suematsu, and Assistant Cameraman Takashi Kawamata
New Essay By Film Scholar David Bordwell, Author Of Ozu And The Poetics Of Cinema
Original Theatrical Trailer
Article about Ozu by filmmaker Jim Jarmusch


  • Audio
    Japanese Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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