Yasujirō Ozu

Along with Kurosawa, the director Yasujirō Ozu is a true master of Japanese cinema whose work has its place among the all-time greats. 

Ozu was, he insisted, just a maker of tofu. This is not true. His films have fire and flavour, style and truth, as proven here…

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Tokyo StoryTokyo Story

Drama1953136 minsDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

A constant fixture in critics' polls, Yasujiro Ozu's most enduring masterpiece is a beautifully nuanced exploration of filial duty, expectation and regret.

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The Flavour of Green Tea Over RiceThe Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice

Drama1952116 minsDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

Yasujiro Ozu’s beautiful domestic drama is piercing portrait of a marriage coming quietly undone in post-war Tokyo.

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Equinox FlowerEquinox Flower

Comedy1958118 minsDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

Ozu's deft comedy takes an ironic look at the decline of paternal authority.

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Late SpringLate Spring

Drama1949108 minsDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

Yasujiro Ozu's influential masterpiece is a tender meditation on family politics, sacrifice and the status quo.

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Brothers and Sisters of the Toda FamilyBrothers and Sisters of the Toda Family

Drama1941105 minsDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

After the death of her husband, Mrs Toda and her youngest daughter receive a frosty welcome from extended family, in Ozu's incisive satire.

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Documentary198592 minsDirector: Wim Wenders

Profiling one of the great directors of World Cinema, Wim Wenders delivers this moving portrait of Japanese auteur Yasujiro Ozu.

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Good MorningGood Morning

Comedy195994 minsDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

Yasujiro Ozu's cheerful comedy about the silliness of everyday chatter

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I Was Born, But...I Was Born, But...

Comedy193287 minsSilentDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

Ozu's silent masterpiece follows two brothers as they try to outwit the local bully.

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The Only SonThe Only Son

Drama193687 minsDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

Ozu's first sound film is a powerful tale of sacrifice and hope set against the backdrop of depression-era Japan.

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Early SpringEarly Spring

Drama1956145 minsDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

Shoji (Ryu Ikebe) and his wife Masako (Chikage Awashima), struggle with a family tragedy. When Shoji's interest turns to the office flirt, the couple's fragile peace is threatened.

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Tokyo TwilightTokyo Twilight

Drama1957141 minsDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

Abandoned by their mother, sisters Akiko (Ineko Arima) and Takako (Setsuko Hara) live with their father Shukichi (Chishu Ryu). When Akiko falls into desperate trouble, she turns away from her family.

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Woman of TokyoWoman of Tokyo

Melodrama193345 minsSilentDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

Chikako (Yoshiko Okada) works hard to pay her brothers Ryoichi’s (Ureo Egawa) college fees, but disaster looms when he learns the true nature of her work.

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Late AutumnLate Autumn

Drama1960128 minsDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

Comedy turns to pathos in Yasujiro Ozu's tale of a group of businessmen who conspire to match-make for a widow and her daughter.

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There Was a FatherThere Was a Father

Drama194295 minsDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

Shuhei Horikawa (Chishy Ryu) sacrifices his teaching career after an unfortunate accident but refuses to sacrifice the education of his only son.

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Early SummerEarly Summer

Drama1951125 minsDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

Ozu's wonderfully poised ensemble work presents the intricacies and contradictions of three generations who have lived through the end of an era and are looking towards the new.

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Dragnet GirlDragnet Girl

Crime1933100 minsSilentDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

A seemingly ordinary typist moonlights as a fun-loving gangster's moll in one of Ozu's most enduring silent films.

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Walk CheerfullyWalk Cheerfully

Crime193096 minsSilentDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

Will Kenji 'the Knife' Koyama, leader of a gang of hooligans, go straight to win the heart of virtuous Yasue?

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That Night's WifeThat Night's Wife

Crime193064 minsSilentDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

Young father Shuji turns to crime to pay his daughter's medical bills in Ozu's masterly early drama.

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An Autumn AfternoonAn Autumn Afternoon

Drama1962113 minsDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

Yasujiro Ozu's elegiac final film charts the inevitable eclipse of older generations by irreverent youth.

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A Hen in the WindA Hen in the Wind

Drama194884 minsDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

In a Japan recently devastated by World War II a devoted, near-destitute mother turns to prostitution to pay medical bills when her son falls dangerously ill.

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The Lady and the BeardThe Lady and the Beard

Comedy193173 minsSilentDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

Graduate Okajima finds his old-fashioned beard makes life difficult in Ozu's comedy exploring the tension between tradition and modernity.

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Days of YouthDays of Youth

Comedy1929103 minsSilentDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

Ozu’s earliest surviving film follows students Watanabe and Yamamoto as they unknowingly compete for the same girl.

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Where Now Are the Dreams of Youth?Where Now Are the Dreams of Youth?

Comedy193286 minsSilentDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

Ozu’s long-term collaborator Kogo Noda scripts a subtle shift from light to dark as Hirano’s carefree college life is marred by tragedy.

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I Flunked, But…I Flunked, But…

Comedy193064 minsSilentDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

Takahashi finds a creative way to avoid doing his revision in Ozu's roguish comedy, reminiscent of Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman.

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What Did the Lady Forget?What Did the Lady Forget?

Comedy193771 minsDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

Ozu's comic pre-war feature about a professor who falls into the clutches of his audacious niece.

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A Mother Should be LovedA Mother Should be Loved

Melodrama193474 minsSilentDirector: Yasujiro Ozu

The surviving, incomplete version of Ozu's moving silent drama about a young man struggling to deal with a disturbing family secret.

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