Yasujiro Ozu

Yasujiro Ozu

Friday, June 19 - Sunday, September 27

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In honor of our 10th birthday, a reprisal of our first-ever Weekend Classics series!

Often called the “most Japanese” of Japanese filmmakers, Ozu (1903-1963) first began working in cinema in 1923 as an assistant cameraman for the Shochiku company-the studio where he would make all but three of his 53 films. He directed his first film, THE SWORD OF PENITENCE (now lost) in 1927, making a series of shorts, comedies and historical films before turning to the family dramas that would become his trademark from the 1940s on. Displaying a remarkable stylistic unity-elliptical narratives, an often low-placed and rarely moving camera, transitional shots of objects without people-and featuring a stock company of such actors as Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara and Haruko Sugimura, those films established Ozu as a distinctive and unique talent, winning him awards and acclaim at home. While virtually unknown outside Japan during his lifetime, Ozu’s work began to be screened abroad in the 1960s, bringing him fans around the world. Today, he is considered one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema, with such major filmmakers as Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders, Abbas Kiarostami, Mike Leigh, Aki Kaurismaki, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Pedro Costa and Claire Denis citing him as a profound influence upon their work.


There Was a Father

There Was a Father

Friday, June 19 - Sunday, June 21, 2015
35mm print Yasujiro Ozu's frequent leading man Chishu Ryu is riveting as Shuhei, a widowed high school teacher who finds that the more he tries to do what is best for his son’s future,... more...



The Only Son

The Only Son

Friday, June 26 - Sunday, June 28, 2015
35mm print Yasujiro Ozu’s first talkie, the uncommonly poignant THE ONLY SON is among the Japanese director’s greatest works. In its simple story about a good-natured mother who... more...



Late Spring

Late Spring

Friday, July 3 - Sunday, July 5, 2015
35mm print One of the most powerful of Yasujiro Ozu’s family portraits, LATE SPRING tells the story of a widowed father who feels compelled to marry off his beloved only daughter.... more...



What Did the Lady Forget?

What Did the Lady Forget?

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12, 2015
35mm print "Yasujiro Ozu's second sound film (1937) is a satire on the Tokyo middle class. A professor of medicine uses his weekly golf game as a cover to escape from his forbidding... more...



Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family

Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family

Friday, July 17 - Sunday, July 19, 2015
35mm print "Made soon after his return from the front in China, Ozu's biggest hit to date prefigures some aspects of Tokyo Story. When her husband dies, Mrs. Toda and her youngest... more...



Record of a Tenement Gentleman

Record of a Tenement Gentleman

Friday, July 24 - Sunday, July 26, 2015
35mm print "A widow, Tane, reluctantly shelters a young boy for the night when her neighbour discovers him lost and alone in the city. On further investigation, it seems that... more...



Early Summer

Early Summer

Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2, 2015
35mm print The Mamiya family is seeking a husband for their daughter, Noriko, but she has ideas of her own. Played by the extraordinary Setsuko Hara, Noriko impulsively chooses her... more...



The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice

The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice

Friday, August 7 - Sunday, August 9
35mm print "THE FLAVOR OF GREEN TEA OVER RICE looks as much like a social history as it does a classic Ozu work... essentially a comedy, what the Japanese call a tsuma-mono, or wife... more...



Early Spring

Early Spring

Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16
35mm print "[A] quiet disgust with daily life is rapidly established as the young clerical worker (Ryo Ikebe) lights a bleak pre-breakfast cigarette before facing the commuters' train.... more...



Tokyo Twilight

Tokyo Twilight

Friday, August 21 - Sunday, August 23
35mm print "This rarely screened, melancholy 1957 film, Yasujiro Ozu's last in black and white, is one of his best. Two sisters whose mother has left the family years earlier live with... more...



Equinox Flower

Equinox Flower

Friday, August 28 - Sunday, August 30
DCP projection "Ozu's first film in colour, and he uses it sparingly. Subdued dress sense and domestic interiors are set against splashes of significant red (look out for the... more...



Tokyo Story

Tokyo Story

Friday, September 4 - Monday, September 7
DCP projection “Life is disappointing, isn’t it?” Elderly parents visit their grown children in the frenetic capital, only to face a chilly reception. From a... more...





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