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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, Blade of Penitence (1927). Ozu ... See full bio »


(age 60) in Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo Story Writer
Late Spring Writer
Early Summer Writer


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 2003 A Daughter's Marriage (TV Movie) (1949 screenplay)
 2002 Tokyo Story (TV Movie) (1953 screenplay)
 1989 New Tokyo Story (TV Movie) (1953 screenplay)
 1982 Shin Tôkyô monogatari (TV Series) (1953 screenplay)
 1971 Umi no mieru ie (TV Mini Series) (1953 screenplay)
 1969 Danshun (TV Series) (1963 teleplay)
 1968 Yûyake sora (TV Series) (1953 screenplay)
 1967 Tokyo Story (TV Mini Series) (1953 screenplay)
 1966 Springtime (1963 teleplay)
 1966 I Was Born, But... (TV Movie) (idea)
 1966 Late Spring (TV Mini Series) (1949 screenplay)
 1965 The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (TV Mini Series) (1941 screenplay)
 1965 Radishes and Carrots (story)
 1963 Seishun hôkago (TV Movie)
 1963 Shiawase no kane (TV Movie) (1949 screenplay)
 1962 An Autumn Afternoon (screenplay)
 1962 The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (TV Movie) (1941 screenplay)
 1961 The End of Summer (screenplay)
 1960 Late Autumn (screenplay)
 1959 Floating Weeds (screenplay)
 1959 Good Morning (written by)
 1958 Equinox Flower (screenplay)
 1958 I Was Born, But... (TV Movie) (idea)
 1956 Early Spring (screenplay)
 1955 The Moon Has Risen (screenplay)
 1953 Tokyo Story (scenario)
 1951 Early Summer
 1950 The Munekata Sisters (screenplay)
 1949 Late Spring (screenplay)
 1948 A Hen in the Wind (writer)
 1937 Unending Advance (story)
 1937 What Did the Lady Forget? (as James Maki)
 1936 The Only Son (short story - as James Maki)
 1935 College is a Nice Place (as James Maki)
 1935 An Inn in Tokyo (original story by - as Winzato Mone)
 1934 Kawaraban kachikachi yama (uncredited)
 1934 A Story of Floating Weeds (story - as James Maki)
 1934 A Mother Should Be Loved (novel - as Shuutarou Komiya)
 1933 Passing Fancy (idea - as James Maki)
 1933 Dragnet Girl (story - as James Maki)
 1933 Woman of Tokyo (novel "16 Stunden/26 Hours" - as Ernst Schwartz)
 1932 I Was Born, But... (idea - as James Maki)
 1932 Spring Comes from the Ladies (story - as James Maki)
 1931 The Sorrow of the Beautiful Woman (as James Maki)
 1931 The Lady and the Beard (gagman - as James Maki)
 1930 Young Lady (gags)
 1930 I Flunked, But... (story)
 1929 Days of Youth (writer)
 1929 Treasure Mountain (story)
 1928 Physical Beauty (dialogue)
 1928 Pumpkin (Short) (story)
 1928 Dreams of Youth (writer)
 1927 Blade of Penitence (story)
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Alternate Names:

Shuutarou Komiya | James Maki | Winzato Mone | Ernst Schwartz | Yasujiro


5' 6½" (1.69 m)


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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I consciously did away with fade-ins and replaced them with the cut. Henceforth, I never used such editing techniques again. In fact, neither dissolve, fade-in nor fade-out can be regarded as 'the grammar of film,' they are no more than characteristics of the camera. See more »


Biography in John Wakeman, editor, "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945," pp. 850-858. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987. See more »


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