The A-Z of Ozu

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A bluffers' guide to the films of Yasujiro Ozu

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Obligation

Ozu’s films often revolve around the notion of obligation, the ties of family or work forming a sort of social bond. This reflects middle-class Japanese mores but also involves characters in each other’s affairs, so initiating the conflicts, allegiances and misunderstandings which drive a story.

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