The A-Z of Ozu

A bluffers' guide to the films of Yasujiro Ozu


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Ozu’s films were almost always about  the eventual, inevitable dissolution of the family unit (usually through death or the coming-of-age of a child). This crucial transitional moment is often used to make universal observations regarding the tensions of communal life. Famously, Ozu had no family of his own and lived his entire life with his mother, who died just over a year before he did.