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Yasujiro Ozuís final film was also his final masterpiece, the gently heartbreaking story of a manís dignified resignation to both lifeís ever-shifting currents and societyís gradual modernization. Though widower Shuhei Hirayama (Ozuís frequent leading man Chishu Ryu) has been living comfortably for years with his grown daughter, a series of events leads him to accept and encourage her marriage and departure. As elegantly composed and achingly tender as any of the Japanese masterís films, An Autumn Afternoon (Sanma no aji) is one of cinemaís fondest farewells.

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Special Features * New, restored high-definition digital transfer * New audio commentary featuring film scholar David Bordwell, author of Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema * Excerpts from ďYasujiro Ozu and The Taste of Sake,Ē a 1978 French television program looking back on Ozuís career, featuring critics Michel Ciment and Georges Perec * Theatrical trailer * New and improved English subtitle translation * PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by film critic Geoff Andrew and film scholar Donald Richie

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