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While Godzilla is bound to be a box-office monster, this might be a good time to rediscover Japanese film's exact opposite a minimalist master

Godzilla will no doubt scoff the global box office this weekend, and the roaring and gnashing of teeth on screen will find its analogue in the chaos of online debate between irate 1954 Gojira purists and whichever aficionados of the 1998 Emmerich-Devlin remake dare to reveal themselves. I say we remove ourselves to a calm, quiet place and concentrate on another Japanese film-maker working in the days when Tokyo's skies teemed with the gargantuan bestiary that came in Godzilla's wake.

Yasujiro Ozu's last movie, An Autumn Afternoon (1962), is one of the most sublime swansongs in the history of cinema, and confirms my belief that the best way to approach Ozu is the same way the Japanese read poetry: start at the end and work backwards. That's because Ozu's »

- John Patterson

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