Yasujiro Ozu gained international fame based on a half dozen of his (mostly late) films: muted, minimalist home dramas that were esteemed for their “eternal verities” about family, death, transience and tradition.
However, humour was as native to Ozu’s cinema as was heartbreak, particularly in the director’s sly critiques of patriarchal presumption and male arrogance.
🌸 See a selection of his films in our Summer in Japan series:
TOKYO STORY — July 6
Linda Ehrlich on LATE SPRING — July 14
THE FLAVOUR OF GREEN TEA OVER RICE — July 21
LATE AUTUMN — July 31
AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON — August 31
EQUINOX — September 1
🌸 Summer in Japan (July 5 — Sept 1): tiff.net/japan