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Kuniko Ikawa in Early Summer

Early Summer

1951 NR

The Mayima family is seeking a husband for their daughter, Noriko (Setsuko Hara), but she has ideas of her own. Noriko impulsively chooses her childhood friend, at once fulfilling her family's desires while tearing them apart. A seemingly simple story, this drama -- directed with great finesse by Yasujiro Ozu -- is in reality an emotionally complex, nuanced examination of life's changes across three generations.