Yasujiro Ozu

Director, Screenwriter, Assistant cameraman
Few filmmakers outside the avant-garde have developed a personal style as rigorous as Yasujiro Ozu. While his films are in a sense experimental, he worked exclusively in the mainstream Japanese film industry, making ... Read more »
Born: 12/12/1903 in Japan

Filmography

Director (12)

Equinox Flower 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Tokyo Story 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Early Spring 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

An Autumn Afternoon 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Ohayo 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

End of Summer 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Floating Weeds 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Late Autumn 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Tokyo Twilight 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Bakusho 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

Late Spring 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

Umarete Wa Mita Keredo 1931 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (10)

Equinox Flower 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tokyo Story 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Early Spring 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

An Autumn Afternoon 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ohayo 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

End of Summer 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Floating Weeds 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Late Autumn 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tokyo Twilight 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Late Spring 1948 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Few filmmakers outside the avant-garde have developed a personal style as rigorous as Yasujiro Ozu. While his films are in a sense experimental, he worked exclusively in the mainstream Japanese film industry, making extraordinary movies about quite ordinary events. His early films include a ghost story, a thriller, and a period piece, but Ozu is best known and admired for his portraits of everyday family life shot in what one critic has called a most "unreasonable style."

Relationships

Father
died 1934

Mother
died 1962

EDUCATION

Uji-Yamada Middle School

entered Uji-Yamada Middle School aged 16, expelled from dormitory aged 17

Waseda University

Milestones

1962

Last film as director "Samma no aji/An Autumn Afternoon"

1958

Color-film directing debut with "Higanbana/Equinox Flower"

1942

Sent to Singapore to make propaganda films (never made any)

1937

Served as infantry corporal in China during Sino-Japanese War

1936

First sound film as director "Hitori musuko/The Only Son"

1927

Film directing debut with "Zange no Yaiba/The Sword of Penitence" (based on US film "Kick-In;" first collobaration with screenwriter Kogo Noda)

1926

Hired as assistant director to Tadamoto Okubo

1924

Joined Shochiku company as assistant cameraman

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