In the early 60's in Tokyo, the widower Hirayama is a former captain from the Japanese navy that works as a manager of a factory and lives with his twenty-four year-old daughter Michiko and his son Kazuo in his house. His older son Koichi is married with Akiko that are compulsive consumers and Akiko financially controls their expenses. Hirayama frequently meets his old friends Kawai and Professor Horie, who is married with a younger wife, to drink in a bar. When their school teacher Sakuma comes to a reunion of Hirayama with old school mates, they learn that the old man lives with his daughter that stayed single to take care of him. Michiko lives a happy life with her father and her brother, but Hirayama feels that it is time to let her go and tries to arrange a marriage for her.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Yasujiro Ozu's Last Film
Did You Know?
The original title ("The Taste of Mackerel Pike") refers to a fish that is widely eaten in Japan, especially in autumn when it is abundant. Its taste is bitter (if eaten whole as Japanese frequently do for this species), and autumn evokes a world that is changing. See more
[to himself, last lines
The film title and credits are set against a backdrop of painted fronds.
Generally Yasujirô Ozu
films have the credits placed before a backdrop of plain sackcloth. See more
Referenced in I Lived, But...
Written by Tôkichi Setoguchi See more