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Yasujirô Ozu (1903–1963)


Tokyo-born Yasujiro Ozu was a movie buff from childhood, often playing hooky from school in order to see Hollywood movies in his local theatre. In 1923 he landed a job as a camera assistant at Shochiku Studios in Tokyo. Three years later, he was made an assistant director and directed his first film the next year, Blade of Penitence (1927). Ozu ... See full bio »

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(age 60) in Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo Story Director
(1953)
Late Spring Director
(1949)
Early Summer Director
(1951)

Filmography

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 1960 Late Autumn
 1959 Good Morning
 1956 Early Spring
 1953 Tokyo Story
 1951 Early Summer
 1949 Late Spring
 1936 The Only Son
 1936 Lion in the Mirror (Documentary short)
 1935 Tokyo yoitoko
 1933 Passing Fancy
 1933 Dragnet Girl
 1931 Tokyo Chorus
 1930 Young Lady
 1929 Straightforward Boy (Short)
 1929 Fighting Friends (Short)
 1929 Days of Youth
 1928 Couple on the Move (Short)
 1928 Pumpkin (Short)
 1928 Wife Lost
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Personal Details

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 6 Articles | See more »

Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Shuutarou Komiya | James Maki | Ernst Schwartz | Yasujiro

Height:

5' 6½" (1.69 m)
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Personal Quote:

I consciously did away with fade-ins and replaced them with the cut. Henceforth, I never used such editing techniques again. In fact, neither dissolve, fade-in nor fade-out can be regarded as 'the grammar of film,' they are no more than characteristics of the camera. See more »

Trivia:

"Floating Weeds" cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa said that Ozu had a certain style of directing. The camera was always placed low, close to the floor. He never used cranes, a moving camera, bird's eye shots. Once or twice he tried them early in his career, but he abandoned them. When he edited, he never used overlaps, wipes, fade-ins. He was determined to create a sense of ordinary, everyday life ... See more »

Trademark:

Shots begin before anyone occupies them See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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