Yasujiro Ozu

Yasujiro Ozu

Friday, July 9 - Sunday, November 7, 2010

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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.


An Inn In Tokyo

An Inn In Tokyo

Friday, July 9 - Sunday, July 11, 2010
"This touching tale of depression-era travails is shot just like a sound picture with intertitles. That’s to say the performances are entirely naturalistic, as Sakamoto’s unemployed dad wanders... more...



The Only Son

The Only Son

Friday, July 16 - Sunday, July 18, 2010
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 gives up everything to ensure... more...



What Did the Lady Forget?

What Did the Lady Forget?

Friday, July 23 - Sunday, July 25, 2010
"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 wife into the bars of the Ginza... more...



Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family

Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family

Friday, July 30 - Sunday, August 1, 2010
"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 daughter are shuttled... more...



There Was a Father

There Was a Father

Friday, August 6 - Sunday, August 8, 2010
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, the more they are separated.... more...



Record of a Tenement Gentleman

Record of a Tenement Gentleman

Friday, August 13 - Sunday, August 15, 2010
"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 the boy's father, a carpenter,... more...



A Hen in the Wind

A Hen in the Wind

Friday, August 20 - Sunday, August 22, 2010
"[A] tale of a soldier who returns home from the war to find his wife has resorted to prostitution in order to nurse their sick child shames many a lesser director's manifest successes... The symmetrically... more...



Early Summer

Early Summer

Friday, August 27 - Sunday, August 29, 2010
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 childhood friend, at once fulfilling... more...



Late Spring

Late Spring

Friday, September 3 - Monday, September 6, 2010
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. Eminent Ozu players Chishu Ryu... more...



The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice

The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice

Friday, September 10 - Sunday, September 12, 2010
"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 film, about an upper-middle-class... more...



Early Spring

Early Spring

Friday, September 17 - Sunday, September 19, 2010
"[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. He's an austere, intensely... more...



Tokyo Twilight

Tokyo Twilight

Friday, September 24 - Sunday, September 26, 2010
"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 their businessman father, portrayed... more...



Equinox Flower

Equinox Flower

Friday, October 1 - Sunday, October 3, 2010
"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 kettle!), representing the amaryllis... more...



Floating Weeds

Floating Weeds

Friday, October 8 - Monday, October 11, 2010
In 1959, Yasujiro Ozu remade his 1934 silent classic A Story of Floating Weeds in color with the celebrated cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu). Setting his later... more...



Good Morning

Good Morning

Friday, October 15 - Sunday, October 17, 2010
Ozu’s hilarious Technicolor reworking of his silent I Was Born, But... , GOOD MORNING (Ohayô) is the story of two young boys in suburban Tokyo who take a vow of silence after... more...



Late Autumn

Late Autumn

Friday, October 22 - Sunday, October 24, 2010
"Marriage? It’s all right for some… That’s Yasujiro Ozu’s measured assessment in this bittersweet late masterpiece. Realising their late pal’s widow (Setsuko Hara, the daughter-in-law from Tokyo... more...



The End of Summer

The End of Summer

Friday, October 29 - Sunday, October 31, 2010
"Youngest daughter Noriko (Yôko Tsukasa) is expected to agree to an arranged marriage, whilst widowed daughter-in-law Akiko (Setsuko Hara) is being given assistance in finding an appropriate gentleman... more...



An Autumn Afternoon

An Autumn Afternoon

Friday, November 5 - Sunday, November 7, 2010
Yasujiro Ozu’s final film was also his final masterpiece, the gently heartbreaking story of a man’s dignified resignation to both life’s ever-shifting currents and society’s gradual modernization.... more...





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