The A-Z of Ozu

A bluffers' guide to the films of Yasujiro Ozu


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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.