Director

Yasujiro OZU

Japan – 4 Films in collection

Born 1903; died 1963. He grew up in Tokyo
and went to school in Matsuzaka, where
he also worked as a teacher’s assistant in a
village school. In 1923, he began working
as an assistant cameraman for the film
company Shochiku. He later became an
assistant director, and in 1927 a director for
the company, which produced 51 of his 54
films. He began with comedies and moved on
to quiet dramas about families and society.
His minimalist, austere style has inspired
younger directors such as Wim Wenders and
Aki Kaurismäki.

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Filmography

FILMOGRAFIE selection: 1927 ZANGE NO
YAIBA · 1931 TŌKYŌ NO GASSHŌ · 1934
UKIGUSA MONOGATARI · 1935 TŌKYŌ
NO YADO · 1949 BANSHUN · 1957 TŌKYŌ
BOSHOKU · 1958 HIGANBANA · 1959
UKIGUSA · 1962 SANMA NO AJI

Late Autumn - Akibiyori (Flyer)

Late Autumn - Akibiyori

1960

Seven years after the death of a close friend, three middle-aged men plan to arrange a marriage for the dead man’s daughter. But 24-year old Ayako doesn’t really want to marry; she would rather continue taking care of her widowed mother. So the three men decide that the best course is to marry off the rather comely mother, Akiko, before the daughter … preferably to one of them. More

Tokyo monogatari - Tokyo Story (Flyer)

Tokyo monogatari - Tokyo Story

1953

The Hirayamas travel from their hometown of Onomichi to Tokyo tovisit their adult children. But the younger generation make them feelmore in the way than welcome. It also emerges that their son’s career asa doctor and their daughter’s as a hairdresser are nowhere near as successfulas the couple were led to believe from afar. The only one whoreally makes an effort to spend time with them is their daughter-in-law,Noriko, the widow of the Hirayama’s son who went missing in the war. More

Late Spring - Banshun (Flyer)

Late Spring - Banshun

1949

Twenty-seven-year-old Noriko lives with her widowed father, a university professor, in a small house in the tranquil surroundings of northern Kamakura. He is completing a scientific manuscript, aided by his assistant, Hattori. Professor Sonomiya is concerned for his daughter s welfare, and one day suggests she marry Hattori. Noriko only laughs at his suggestion because she is quite happy with her life and knows that Hattori is already engaged. Her aunt Masa, the professor s sister, is the next person to try out her matchmaking skills, and she talks Noriko into meeting Mr Satake. More

I was born, but - Umarete wa mita keredo (Flyer)

I was born, but - Umarete wa mita keredo

1932

Yoshii, his wife and their two sons, Ryoichi and Keiji, move into a Tokyo suburb. The head of Yoshii’s department lives nearby. When he invites Yoshii’s family and all the children in the neighbourhood to a film show at his house, Ryoichi and Keiji are thrilled to discover their father on the screen. But when he starts pulling all sorts of faces to please his boss and thereby – in the eyes of his sons – embarrasses himself in front of everyone, the two boys’ world is in tatters. Upon returning home, they demand an explanation for his undignified behaviour. More

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