Yasujirō Ozu

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Yasujirō Ozu was a Japanese film director and screenwriter.wikipedia
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Shochiku

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With his uncle acting as intermediary, Ozu was hired by the Shochiku Film Company, as an assistant in the cinematography department, on August 1, 1923, against the wishes of his father.
Its best remembered directors include Yasujirō Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi, Mikio Naruse, Keisuke Kinoshita and Yōji Yamada.

Kogo Noda

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Sword of Penitence was written by Ozu, with a screenplay by Kogo Noda, who would become his co-writer for the rest of his career.
Kogo Noda was a Japanese screenwriter most famous for collaborating with Yasujirō Ozu on many of the director's films.

Kinuyo Tanaka

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After a series of "no star" pictures, in September 1929, Ozu's first film with stars, I graduated But..., starring Minoru Takada and Kinuyo Tanaka, was released.
She became a leading actress at an early age, appearing in Yasujirō Ozu's I Graduated, But... in 1929.

There Was a Father

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He followed this with Chichi Ariki (There Was a Father, 1942), which explored the strong bonds of affection between a father and son despite years of separation.
There Was a Father is a 1942 Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu.

Sadao Yamanaka

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From January until September 1938 he was stationed in Nanjing, where he met Sadao Yamanaka, who was stationed nearby.
He was a contemporary of Yasujirō Ozu, Mikio Naruse and Kenji Mizoguchi and one of the primary figures in the development of the jidaigeki, or historical film.

Setsuko Hara

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Ozu's films from the late 1940s onward were favorably received, and the entries in the so-called "Noriko trilogy" (starring Setsuko Hara) of Late Spring (1949), Early Summer (1951), and Tokyo Story (1953) are among his most acclaimed works, with Tokyo Story widely considered his masterpiece. In addition to Noda, other regular collaborators included cinematographer Yuharu Atsuta, along with the actors Chishū Ryū, Setsuko Hara, and Haruko Sugimura.
In the West, she is best known for her performances in Yasujirō Ozu's films Late Spring (1949) and Tokyo Story (1953), although she had already appeared in 67 films before working with Ozu.

Equinox Flower

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These three films were followed by his first color film, Equinox Flower, in 1958, Floating Weeds in 1959, and Late Autumn in 1960.
Equinox Flower is a 1958 color Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu.

Haruko Sugimura

In addition to Noda, other regular collaborators included cinematographer Yuharu Atsuta, along with the actors Chishū Ryū, Setsuko Hara, and Haruko Sugimura.
Haruko Sugimura was a Japanese stage and film actress, best known for her appearances in the movies of Yasujirō Ozu and Mikio Naruse from the late 1940s to the early 1960s.

Chishū Ryū

Chishu Ryu
In addition to Noda, other regular collaborators included cinematographer Yuharu Atsuta, along with the actors Chishū Ryū, Setsuko Hara, and Haruko Sugimura. In the Wim Wenders documentary film Tokyo-Ga, the director travels to Japan to explore the world of Ozu, interviewing both Chishū Ryū and Yuharu Atsuta.
During this time he appeared in fourteen films directed by Yasujirō Ozu, beginning with the college comedy Dreams of Youth (1928).

Silent film

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He began his career during the era of silent films, and his last films were made in color in the early 1960s.

Civilization (film)

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In 1917, he saw the film Civilization and decided that he wanted to be a film director.
Film director Yasujirō Ozu claimed that he first decided to become a film director when watching Civilization.

Kinema Junpo

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His film Young Miss, with an all-star cast, was the first time he used the pen name James Maki, and was also his first film to appear in film magazine Kinema Jumpo's "Best Ten" at third position.

Sound film

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Like the rest of Japan's cinema industry, Ozu was slow to switch to the production of talkies: his first film with a dialogue sound-track was The Only Son in 1936, five years after Japan's first talking film, Heinosuke Gosho's The Neighbor's Wife and Mine.
Two of the country's leading directors, Mikio Naruse and Yasujirō Ozu, did not make their first sound films until 1935 and 1936, respectively.

Sword of Penitence

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In September 1927, he was promoted to director in the jidaigeki (period film) department, and directed his first film, Sword of Penitence, which has since been lost.
Sword of Penitence is a 1927 Japanese silent film written and directed by Yasujirō Ozu.

Café Lumière

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Shochiku produced the film Café Lumière, directed by Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien as homage to Ozu, with direct reference to the late master's Tokyo Story (1953), to premiere on Ozu's birthday.
Café Lumière is a 2003 Japanese film directed by Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien for Shochiku as homage to Yasujirō Ozu, with direct reference to the late director's Tokyo Story (1953).

Tokyo-Ga

In the Wim Wenders documentary film Tokyo-Ga, the director travels to Japan to explore the world of Ozu, interviewing both Chishū Ryū and Yuharu Atsuta.
Tokyo-Ga is a 1985 documentary film (shot in spring 1983) about filmmaker Yasujirō Ozu directed by Wim Wenders.

Paul Schrader

Influential monographs by Donald Richie, Paul Schrader, and David Bordwell have ensured a wide appreciation of Ozu's style, aesthetics, and themes by the English speaking audience.
His book Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer, which examines the similarities between Robert Bresson, Yasujirō Ozu, and Carl Theodor Dreyer, was published in 1972.

Donald Richie

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Influential monographs by Donald Richie, Paul Schrader, and David Bordwell have ensured a wide appreciation of Ozu's style, aesthetics, and themes by the English speaking audience.
In 1948 he met Kashiko Kawakita who introduced him to Yasujirō Ozu.

Mie Prefecture

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In March 1913, at the age of nine, he and his siblings were sent by his father to live in his father's home town of Matsusaka in Mie Prefecture, where he remained until 1924.

Hou Hsiao-hsien

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Shochiku produced the film Café Lumière, directed by Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien as homage to Ozu, with direct reference to the late master's Tokyo Story (1953), to premiere on Ozu's birthday.
He directed the Japanese film Café Lumière (2003) for the Shochiku studio as an homage to Yasujirō Ozu; the film premiered at a festival commemorating the centenary of Ozu's birth.

I Graduated, But...

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After a series of "no star" pictures, in September 1929, Ozu's first film with stars, I graduated But..., starring Minoru Takada and Kinuyo Tanaka, was released.
I Graduated, But... is a 1929 Japanese silent film directed by Yasujirō Ozu.

Days of Youth

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Days of Youth is a Japanese comedy film directed by Yasujirō Ozu.

Cathay Building

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He occupied a fifth-floor room facing the sea in the Cathay Building where he entertained guests, drew pictures, and collected rugs.
It was also the residence of film director Yasujirō Ozu from 1944 till the end of the war.

That Night's Wife

That Night's Wife is a 1930 Japanese crime and drama film directed by Yasujirō Ozu.

Tokyo Chorus

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Tokyo Chorus is a 1931 silent film produced by Shochiku Company, directed by Yasujirō Ozu and starring Tokihiko Okada and Emiko Yagumo.