Tag Archives: Yasujirô Ozu

Yasujirô Ozu – Kaze no naka no mendori AKA A Hen in the Wind (1948)

A man returns from World War II to find his desperate wife had resorted to one night of prostitution to pay for their son’s hospital bills. Read More »

Yasujirô Ozu – Chichi ariki AKA There Was a Father (1942)

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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. Though primarily a delicately wrought story of parental love, There Was a Father offers themes of sacrifice that were deemed appropriately patriotic by Japanese censors at the time of its release during World War II, making it a uniquely political film in Ozu’s body of work. Read More »

Yasujirô Ozu – Shukujo wa nani o wasureta ka AKA What Did the Lady Forget? (1937)

Synopsis:
An affluent medical professor, Komiya, and his bossy wife, Tokio, are to look after Setsuko, their high-spirited niece from Osaka. Setsuko is a liberated woman who does what she wants, including smoking, even though she is a minor. On Saturday, the professor does not feel like going to his weekend golf game, but his wife packs him off anyway. So he leaves his bag at the apartment of his student Okada, and goes to a bar with a friend. Setsuko traces him there, and insists that he take her to a geisha house. When she gets rather tipsy, the professor calls Okada to take her home, while he sleeps at Okada’s. The wife becomes suspicious of Setsuko when she sees Okada bringing her home, and also of her husband when she discovers that he did not go golfing. Read More »

Yasujirô Ozu – Sôshun AKA Early Spring (1956)

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A young man and his wife struggle within the confines of their passionless relationship while he has an extramarital romance. Read More »

Daniel Raim – Ozu & Noda (2019)

A documentary by Daniel Raim on Yasujiro Ozu’s relationship with longtime screenwriter Kogo Noda. Read More »

Yasujirô Ozu – Rakudai wa shitakeredo aka I flunked but… (1930)

Yasujirô Ozu wrote:
One could say this is the flip side of I Graduated, But… The student-protagonist scribbles his crib notes on his shirt sleeve, but the day of his graduation exam, the girl at his boarding house unwittingly takes the shirt to the launderette So naturally, he flunks. However, those who pass and graduate in high spirits cannot land any job, while the ones who flunked can continue to bum around living off their parent’s money. It’s a vignette. Although Ryu Chishu has appeared in my previous films, it was the first time I let him have a go at a more significant role. Read More »

Yasujirô Ozu – Kohayagawa-ke no aki AKA The End of Summer (1961)


Synopsis
The Kohayakawa family is thrown into distress when childlike father Manbei takes up with his old mistress, in one of Ozu’s most deftly modulated blendings of comedy and tragedy.

Dennis Schwartz: “Ozus’ World Movie Reviews” wrote:
This Technicolor film is the deft blending of comedy and tragedy; it’s the penultimate film of arguably Japan’s best filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu (“Early Spring”/”Tokyo Story”/”Late Spring”). It’s co-scripted by the director and his regular screenwriter Kôgo Noda. It features the extended Kohayagawa family, who run a small sake brewery in post-war Japan and in failing times are thinking about merging their business with a larger company. Read More »