The A-Z of Ozu

A bluffers' guide to the films of Yasujiro Ozu


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The title of Ozu’s ‘Noriko Trilogy’ references the recurring character of his greatest leading lady, Setsuko Hara. Hara is an extraordinarily dulcet and radiant on-screen presence, and while it’s often tempting to side with one of her level-headed, independent characters, the writing – coupled with her nuanced performances – adds an abundance of depth, texture and ambiguity to the brew.