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Chishû Ryû Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 13 May 1904Kumamoto, Japan
Date of Death 16 March 1993Yokohama, Japan  (cancer)
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

What an amazing career! Few can boast a longer one (64 years of activity). Few have been able to have to relate to three generations. And it is pretty sure that no one can compare with him in terms of faithfulness to a director: Chishu Ryu indeed appeared in no fewer than fifty-two out of fifty-four of his master Yasujirô Ozu. He played in 187 films or TV films and could be a very versatile actor: for instance in 1936, when he was thirty, he embodied a student in one film and an old man in another. However he was perfect in Ozu's films, most often, as a simple, unobtrusive man whose humanity is revealed through the hardships of everyday life. How could Japanese cinema have done without Chishu Ryu?

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Guy Bellinger

Trivia (2)

Appeared in 52 of Yasujiro Ozu's 54 films.
Wim Wenders considers him the "father" figure in cinema.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on Yasujiro Ozu] Mr. Ozu looked happiest when he was engaged in writing a scenario with Mr. Kogo Noda, at the latter's cottage on the tableland of Nagano Prefecture. By the time he finished writing a script, after about four months' effort, he had already made up every image in every shot, so that he never changed the scenario after we went on the set. The words were so polished up that he would not allow us even a single mistake.

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