I've watched Yasujiro Ozu's movie "The End of Summer". Japanese original title should become "The Autumn of Kobayakawa family" if I translate. Then, I want to see why Yasujiro Ozu likes "autumn"? "Autumn" is, as you know, the season we can see our achievement as harvest. But also it is the season the hot summer, a peak of our lives has gone. Therefore we can imagine this title as nostalgia for the lost "summer". The good days have passed away... that kind of "loss" comes from this title I think.
Remember the fact. Now we can say about Setsuko Hara in this movie as "No, your life had just begun!". But in her era, she was already an adult and should be married. Or we can say she was a "middle-aged" woman. Yasujiro Ozu tells the story about marriage he is good at telling. But it is not a brand new movie. At least, I can't accept this movie without deja vu. Or he tends to tell the same content by different stories. In Japan, his type must be called "one pattern"... but this movie also shows that kind of "one pattern" is therefore beautiful.
In this movie, Chisyu Ryu appears. He notices someone's death and says. After our death, birth happens... I don't know the original words in this movie but his philosophy tries to catch such death and birth as a cycle. Very big cycle. And he seems to try to celebrate our death. Even our death! I remembered this scene. Akira Kurosawa's "Dream". Their philosophies go beyond our narrow point of view.
By the way, where did Ozu learn such a great philosophy? And why could he make a movie by it without becoming abstract? I can't understand why. His profound philosophy attracts me as usual, very naturally.