The A-Z of Ozu

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A bluffers' guide to the films of Yasujiro Ozu

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Colour

Ozu waited until 1958’s ‘Equinox Flower’ to make his first colour film. He took to the new form with typical brio and gave his rigorous compositions a lightly expressionist dimension. Look out for splashes of red (kettles, dresses, marks on buildings) or in 1959’s ‘Floating Weeds’ for a bar whose colours reflect a slice of watermelon.

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