Ozu Yasujirō: New Discoveries in the Half-Century Since His Passing

December 12, 2013 marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of Ozu Yasujirō, and the 50th anniversary of his death. He was a director who hugely influenced prominent filmmakers around the world, and continues to be revered internationally. This special feature encourages us to enjoy and (re)discover Ozu’s cinematic world.

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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