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OZU

Yasujiro Ozu 小津 安二郎 (1903-1963) only achieved acclaim in the West after he was dead; perhaps because of his status as Japan's most honored director — with six Kinema Jumpo “Best One” awards (Japan’s Best Picture Oscar equivalent) — as in spite of it. Throughout he worked in the shomin-geki genre, simple stories about simple people, his favorite themes: families, fathers, the remembered joys of college life, none of which he himself had experienced. (After years of separation, his father died when Ozu was still young; Ozu never married, or went to college.) His filming style was among the most eccentric and austere in world cinema: little-to-no camera movement, the total absence of fades or dissolves — straight cutting from scene to scene only, the unvarying camera angle — always from a low angle; the use of unpeopled “still life” shots as bridges between sequences; creating in its three-dimensionality, in its sense of other life lived beyond the screen frame, even beyond the film’s own duration, a sense of plot islands floating in a sea of life, informed by the benevolent world-view of one of the most idiosyncratic and greatest of filmmakers.

Special thanks to Sarah Finklea, Brian Belovarac (Janus Films), Grant Tompkins, Kanako Shirasaki, Aki Nishikawa (Japan Foundation), Kenji Ogino (Toho Co. Ltd.)

PROGRAMMED BY BRUCE GOLDSTEIN & MICHAEL JECK

Presented with support from JAPAN FOUNDATION

THE FILMS OF OZU ARE RELEASED BY JANUS FILMS 
(The Munekata Sisters courtesy of Toho Co. Ltd.)

ALL 35MM PRINTS!
except Kagamijishi (16mm)


All pre-1935 films are silent.

Ozu and Donald Richie

This series is dedicated to the memory of film historian, novelist, curator and filmmaker 
DONALD RICHIE (1924-2013), the person most responsible for introducing Ozu to the West.
A memorial for Donald Richie will be held at Film Forum in June. Please check our website for details.

Ozu // Passageways from kogonada on Vimeo.

Click here to read David Bordwell's essay on Ozu in Artforum

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