The last film by Yasujiro Ozu was also his final masterpiece, a gently heartbreaking story about a man’s dignifed resignation to life’s shifting currents and society’s modernization. Though the widower Shuhei (frequent Ozu 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 from their home. As elegantly composed and achingly tender as any of the Japanese master’s films, An Autumn Afternoon is one of cinema’s fondest farewells.
* New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Audio commentary featuring film scholar David Bordwell, author of Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema
* Excerpts from “Yasujiro Ozu and The Taste of Sake,” a 1978 episode of the French television program Ciné regards, featuring critics Michel Ciment and Georges Perec, that looks back on Ozu’s career
* New English subtitle translation
* PLUS: Essays by critic Geoff Andrew and scholar Donald Richie
_New cover by Michael Boland_