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Five Films from the 1950sNippon.com Staff

The 1950s is looked back on as a golden age for Japanese cinema, producing a host of great films from major directors. This was also the first time films from Japan came to the attention of an international audience after Rashōmon, directed by Kurosawa Akira, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1951. Among the string of classics with which Kurosawa Akira made his name, none is …

The Artistic World of Ozu Yasujirō on Display in TokyoWatanabe Reiko

A recent exhibit at the National Film Center in Tokyo showcases the refined artistic sensibilities of the renowned film director Ozu Yasujirō. The diverse array of objects displayed includes not only props and storyboards from Ozu films, but also his drawings and works of calligraphy. Viewed together these objects and other materials reveal the unique artistic vision of this legendary filmmaker.

Tokyo Story in Moscow: Bringing Ozu to the WorldNaum Kleiman

Naum Kleiman, film critic and director of the prestigious Moscow State Central Cinema Museum, was instrumental in introducing the films of Ozu Yasujirō to Russia. Here he looks back on his first encounter with Ozu and the reactions of audiences to his pioneering retrospective in Moscow.

In Search of Ozu YasujirōOkada Hidenori

Film director Ozu Yasujirō died on December 12, 1963―his sixtieth birthday. Over the course of the 50 years that have passed since then, numerous attempts have been made to interpret his works. What is it about Ozu’s films that captivates scholars and cinephiles around the world? Okada Hidenori looks at the evolving appreciation of Ozu's films and explores their enduring appeal.

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