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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, Zange no yaiba (1927). Ozu made ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 60) in Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo Story
Tokyo Story Director
(1953)
Late Spring
Late Spring Director
(1949)
Early Summer
Early Summer Director
(1951)
Late Autumn
Late Autumn Director
(1960)

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

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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:

[on his own directorial abilities] I don't know anything about this. I only know how to make tofu. I can make fried tofu, boiled tofu, stuffed tofu. 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:

Tableaux of outdoor landscapes (often showing railway lines or stations) See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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