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Write 9 pages with APA style on Yasujiro Ozu’s Late Spring. As pointed out, Ozu’s films are interconnected with the day to day problems faced by individuals in the lives and the effect of westernization/modernization on the same. The plot of the film Late Spring revolves around two characters, a professor named as Shukichi Somiya, and his daughter, Noriko. Somiya is a widower and his daughter is still unmarried. As a father, Somiya is aware of the fact that he needs to find out a suitable bride for his daughter. On the other side, Noriko is aware of the fact that her marriage will force her to part with her father. At the same time, both the characters are aware of the fact that the father will be forced to face alienation and the daughter will not be able to look after her father. Eventually, Noriko agrees to marry and Somiya agrees to remarry. In the end, the viewers come to know that Somiya does not like to remarry and his one and only aim is to keep his daughter happy. Within this context, conservative criticism is important because conservative critics provide ample importance to traditional values and continuity. Nisbet and Stone stated that “Conservative Criticism of the philosophy of progress, a very center-piece of modernity, is reflective of its general role of culture-critic in the contemporary world” (100). When one superimposes the essence of conservative criticism to the context of the film, one can easily identify that Somiya does not like to break the Japanese tradition but pretends to be ready for remarriage. He is aware of the fact that remarriage will not help him to be happy, but Noriko’s marriage will help him to deal with his own life. From a different angle of view, Somiya is aware of his place in his daughter’s personal life (say, as a loving father), and he is not ready to create trouble in her life.
First of all, Japanese culture is entirely different from the western culture. At the same time, the American involvement in Japan after WWII deeply influenced Japanese culture. To be specific, the Japanese culture is based upon loyalty towards the ruling class. Within this context, the inculcation of American model democracy in Japan eventually led to the creation of bureaucracy and related problems. One can see that bureaucracy controls Japanese politics and it deeply influences the Japanese culture and way of life. . The influence of Zen Buddhism and the traditional oriental way of life helped Japan to be a strong nation in Asia. But Japan’s involvement and failure in WWII and the American occupation deeply influenced the Japanese culture. In the film, Ozu makes use of Somiya as his mouthpiece to communicate with the viewers. For instance, Somiya’s decision to lead a lonely life is interconnected with the Japanese view on remarriage.
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