Noriko Smiling

by Adam Mars-Jones

Noriko Smiling
Noriko Smiling
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Noriko Smiling

by Adam Mars-Jones

Late Spring, directed and co-written by Yasujirō Ozu, was released in 1949, which makes it an old film, or a film that has been new for a long time…’ So begins this remarkable essay in narrative reconstruction. Film-critic, novelist and essayist Mars-Jones gives a virtuoso performance as the lost figure of film explainer, drawing out a host of meaning from the reticence of Ozu’s classic Japanese movie.

‘So long after its first release Late Spring is still limber and elusive,’ enthuses Mars-Jones. Noriko Smiling breathes new life into both Ozu’s film, and film studies as a whole. There has never been a film book like this.

‘An attempt to save postwar Japanese cinema from its reputation as a museum of mystical objects… The villains of Noriko Smiling aren’t those who patronise Ozu, or overlook him, but who admire him in the wrong way and this book stands as a reproach to Ozu’s awestruck champions.’
Leo Robson, Guardian

Buy Ozu’s Late Spring from the BFI on Dual Format.

Read Adam Mars-Jones’ comments on a review of Late Spring.

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Late Spring, directed and co-written by Yasujirō Ozu, was released in 1949, which makes it an old film, or a film that has been new for a long time…’ So begins this remarkable essay in narrative reconstruction. Film-critic, novelist and essayist Mars-Jones gives a virtuoso performance as the lost figure of film explainer, drawing out a host of meaning from the reticence of Ozu’s classic Japanese movie.

‘So long after its first release Late Spring is still limber and elusive,’ enthuses Mars-Jones. Noriko Smiling breathes new life into both Ozu’s film, and film studies as a whole. There has never been a film book like this.

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Weight 0.25 kg
Dimensions 19 × 12 × 1.5 cm
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Hardcover

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