The A-Z of Ozu

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A bluffers' guide to the films of Yasujiro Ozu

10/26

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Ozu’s mature films offer a distinctly Japanese contemplative mood and their interests barely stretch beyond bourgeois suburbanites. Yet it’s still misleading to see Ozu as a staunch Japanese traditionalist. His earlier comedies and gangster flicks reflect an international influence, while his post-war films firmly resist any nostalgic backward-looking values.

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Amakiri
Amakiri

This is a common misconception about Ozu's style. He rarely used low angles. He did, however, prefer a low camera height and would shoot most objects 2/3 rds of the way down from its centre. The tatami mat thing is also a misconception that many people make. If you look at the films carefully a lot of the time the camera height will be much lower than anyone seated on a tatami mat.

Albert Guerra
Albert Guerra

Does anybody have biographical information about actress Yagumo Rieko, who plays Otaka in the 1934 version of Floating Weeds (Ukigusa Monogatari)? Thanks