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Tokyo Story
A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, TOKYO STORY is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple's journey to visit their grown children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the…
Floating Weeds
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 this later version in a seaside location, Ozu otherwise preserves the details of his elegantly…
Late Spring
One of the most powerful of Yasujiro Ozu's family portraits, LATE SPRING (Banshun) tells the story of a widowed father who feels compelled to marry off his beloved only daughter. Eminent Ozu players Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara command this…
The End of Summer
The Kohayakawa family is thrown into distress when childlike father Manbei (Ganjiro Nakamura) takes up with his old mistress, in one of Ozu's most deftly modulated blendings of comedy and tragedy. Nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear at the 1962…
An Autumn Afternoon
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. Though widower Shuhei Hirayama (Ozu's frequent leading man Chishu Ryu) has been living…
Late Autumn
The great actress and Ozu regular Setsuko Hara plays a mother gently trying to persuade her daughter to marry in this glowing portrait of family love and conflict--a reworking of Ozu's 1949 masterpiece Late Spring .
Equinox Flower
Later in his career, Ozu started becoming increasingly sympathetic with the younger generation, a shift that was cemented in EQUINOX FLOWER, his gorgeously detailed first color film, about an old-fashioned father and his newfangled daughter.
Tokyo Chorus
Combining three prevalent genres of the day--the student comedy, the salaryman film, and the domestic drama--Ozu created this warmhearted family comedy, and demonstrated that he was truly coming into his own as a cinema craftsman. The setup is simple: Low…
I Was Born, But…
This blithe portrait of the financial and psychological toils of one family, as told from the rascally point of view of a couple of stubborn little boys is one of Ozu's most popular films. For two brothers, the daily struggles…
A Story of Floating Weeds
Yasujiro Ozu's 1934 silent classic tells the story of an aging actor (Takeshi Sakamoto) who returns to a small town with his troupe and reunites with his former lover (Chouko Iida) and illegitimate son (Koji Mitsui), a scenario that enrages…
Passing Fancy
The first of many films featuring the endearing single-dad Kihachi (played wonderfully by Takeshi Sakamoto), PASSING FANCY is a humorous and heartfelt study of a close, if fraught, father-son relationship. With an ever more sophisticated visual style and understanding of…