Sanma no aji (1962)

Ozu’s final film colourfully and emotionally revisits the themes of Late Spring.

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  • An Autumn Afternoon Alternative
  • The Taste of Fish Alternative
  • Samna no oji Alternative Japanese
  • The Taste of Mackerel Pike Alternative
  • The Widower Alternative


Ozu’s final film – about a widower (Ryu) keen to marry off his daughter, who’s reluctant to leave him living alone – is one of his most moving, notwithstanding the wry humour in scenes featuring the protagonist’s friends. Especially remarkable is the exquisitely subtle palette; interiors, costumes and props together produce a becalmed muted beauty, enhanced by occasional splashes of red.

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