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(1953)

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The film is notable for its use of the "tatami-mat" shot, in which the camera height is low and remains largely static throughout.
The original negative was lost soon after the film was completed, due to a fire at the vault of the lab in Yokohama city. The film had to be released using prints made from a dupe protective negative.
For a film that sides with the parents, it's not so surprising to learn that 'Yasujiro Ozu' never married and lived dutifully with his mother all his life.
'Yasujiro Ozu' and his longtime collaborator 'Kogo Noda' spent 103 days at a country inn in Chigasaka working on the screenplay. After that, shooting and editing advanced extremely quickly, meaning the film was in production for a total of four months.
The banners featured in the film were painted by the director himself.
Inspired by the Leo McCarey film Make Way for Tomorrow (1937). Although 'Yasujiro Ozu' never saw the film, his scriptwriter 'Kogo Noda' did.
Because of Ozu's style of shooting at eye-level from the floor, all the sets had to be constructed with ceilings.
Although made in the early 50s alongside many other Japanese films now considered classics - Rashomon (1950), Ugetsu (1953) and Gate of Hell (1953) - this didn't receive US release until 1964, by which time 'Yasujiro Ozu' was already dead.
American cinema expert Donald Richie took Satyajit Ray to see the film. Ray was overcome with emotion by the end.
Voted #7 in Total Film's 100 Greatest Movies Of All Time list (November 2005).
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