As the war in China escalated day by day, information flow was controlled by the Cabinet Information Department and the Army PR Division. General public didn’t know the massacre in Nanjing, the use of chemical weapons and other inconvenient truths. And there was a complicit relationship between the military and writers.
Japanese Army and Cabinet Information Department intensified censorship and propaganda campaign after Nanking Massacre. Ashihei Hino’s novel ‘Wheat and Soldiers’ was a product of such a media control by the government.
The title of this Ozu’s masterpiece has a deeper meaning than what “Early Summer” suggests.