This is a film of family, separation, sadness and love; the center of Late Spring is the pressure of marriage. While the film solely focus on and important aspect of a father and daughter relationship, it somewhat over rides the theme of a ‘white lie is sometimes expedient’. The director of the film Ozu presents this pressure of the marriage through various characters with different possibilities i.e. divorce, re-marriage, arranged marriage or love. The film also portrays the post-war Japanese society with slight renditions of the transitional phase of post-war Japanese society.
The movie opens with the main character Noriko, a female protagonist who has reached the suitable age to get married but has an ailing father to look after and is content being unmarried. However, the father, Professor Somiya wants to see his daughter well-settled and thus conspires in a number of ways to get his daughter to marry someone. For some time, the father suspects that Noriko is in love with Hattori, but discovers that Hattori is engaged to someone else after which Professor Somiya conspires with Norito’s aunt Masa in to thinking that he has decided to re-marry. The fact is that Norito’s father will no more be there for her really crosses Norito and she runs to her friend Aya’s home for some time and eventually decides to go on an arranged date with a man who resembles to ‘Garry Cooper’ and decides to get married finally.
Most of the technicalities are very well utilized in the movie which adds in bringing out the plot and successfully delivers the plot to the audience. The movie’s message hence can be termed as ‘clear’ not ambiguous. However, the movie is not based on novel though resembles in some ways with the novel, but not solely presents the plot which has been discussed in the novel. The situation of a daughter’s marriage and her separation from parent’s remains the chief focus in the movie, while Noriko’s sensual acting delivers the phenomenon of Electra complex usually associated with this kind of father-daughter relationship and has remained the focus of director.