The End of Summer (1961)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama  |   Run Time - 103 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka

The highly accomplished Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu demonstrates his stylistic touch for deceptive simplicity, rapier wit, and nuances of melancholy in this well-wrought drama about a man in the declining years of his life. Manbei Kohayagawa (Ganjiro Nakamura) has a rich life on three different fronts. He is the head of a brewery that is having problems at the moment, the head of a family in which one widowed daughter needs his help in finding a new mate and the other needs him to help her make the right choice in a future spouse. Manbei has a strong devil-may-care streak and his solution to his burdens at the moment is to look up his old mistress and resume a relationship with her. His decision has unexpected consequences for himself and his family.

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brewery, daughter, death, extramarital-affair, family, father, heart-attack, honor [recognition], Japan, mistress, paternity, running, visit