"Cinema was never before, and never again since, so close to its own essence, to its ultimate beauty." Wim Wenders
A group of old friends reunite and discuss the future of their daughters, now of marriageable age. One of them, Wataru Hirayama, is a senior executive firmly attached to his conservative values, but sometimes speaking to his friends in a progressive discourse on love and marriage. One day, a young man comes to his office: his name is Masahiko Taniguchi and asks for the hand of Setsuko, his eldest daughter. Hirayama's decision is final: he refuses to let his daughter marry the man she loves...
Yasujiro Ozu's first color film, Fleurs d'équinoxe paints a moving portrait of a father torn between conservatism and progressivism. The Japanese filmmaker returns to the themes that are dear to him – the family and the question of filiation, the abandonment of traditions – by placing himself from the point of view of the parents. Faithful to his minimalist staging, Ozu opts here for a lighter tone, far from the melodramas that made him famous ( Il was a father , Twilight in Tokyo ).
EQUINOX FLOWERS by Yasujiro Ozu (1958 - Colors - 118 mn) New 4K restoration Original version with subtitles
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.FIGURES: SEAS AND RIVERS (6 mins) From yesterday to today, a parallel on the hypnotic power of seas and rivers, recurring places in Ozu's filmography.
BD 50 • HIGH DEFINITION MASTER • 1080/23.98p • AVC ENCODING Original Version DTS-HD MASTER AUDIO 1.0 • French Subtitles Format 1.37 respected • Colors • Duration of the Film: 118 mn
DVD 9 •NEW RESTORED MASTER• PAL • MPEG-2 ENCODING Original Version Dolby Digital 1.0 • French Subtitles Format 1.33 respected • 4/3 • Colors • Film length: 113 mins