The A-Z of Ozu

A bluffers' guide to the films of Yasujiro Ozu


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Ozu joined this Japanese studio in 1923 and worked for them until his death in 1963 (occasionally freelancing for rivals Toho and Daiei). The oldest of the major film producers, Shochiku often specialised in domestic dramas, employing many of the country’s finest directors – Kenji Mizoguchi and Mikio Naruse among them.