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The Cinema of Yasujiro Ozu

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People who added this item 88 Average listal rating (58 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
The Only Son (1936)
In 1923, in the province of Shinshu, the widow and simple worker of a silk factory Tsune Nonomiya decides to send her only son to Tokyo for having a better education. Thirteen years later, she visits her son Ryosuke Nonomiya, and finds that he is a poor and frustrated night-school teacher with a wife, Sugiko, and a baby boy.
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People who added this item 62 Average listal rating (36 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.6
Horikawa is a widower, a teacher, and a good father to Ryohei, who's about 10. After a tragedy, Horikawa resigns from teaching and takes Ryohei from Tokyo to the town of Ueno, enrolling him in junior high; to the lad's sorrow, he will be a boarder. Horikawa returns to work in Tokyo, their separation is complete. Jump ahead more than ten years: with dad's help, Ryohei has finished college and has a teaching job in Akita. Horikawa considers living with his son, which Ryohei wants, but the elder's notions of duty and hard work preclude it.
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People who added this item 48 Average listal rating (26 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
In post-war Japan, a man brings a lost boy to his tenement. No one wants to take the child for even one night; finally, a sour widow, Tané, does. The next day, complaining, she takes the boy to his neighborhood and finds his father has gone to Tokyo; it seems the boy has been abandoned. Tané wants to leave him there, but he follows her home. The next morning he disappears fearing a scolding after wetting the bed. Tané realizes she likes having him there, searches for him, and keeps him when he's found that night. Within days, she considers him her son.
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People who added this item 35 Average listal rating (24 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
A man returns from World War II to find his desperate wife had resorted to one night of prostitution to pay for their son's hospital bills.
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People who added this item 291 Average listal rating (164 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
Noriko is 27 years old and is still living with her father Somiya, a widower. Noriko just recovered from an illness she developed in the war, and now the important question pops up: when will Noriko start thinking about marriage? Everybody who is important in her life tries to talk her into it: her father, her aunt, a girlfriend. But Noriko doesn't want to get married, she seems extremely happy with her life. She wants to stay with her father to take care of him. After all, she knows best of his manners and peculiarities. But Noriko's aunt doesn't want to give up. She arranges a partner for her and thinks of a plan that will convince Noriko her father can be left alone.
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Setsuko is unhappily married to Mimura, an engineer with no job and a drinking habit. She's always been in love with Hiroshi, but he left for France years ago without proposing. Now he is back and Mariko (Setsuko's sister) tries to reunite them, although secretly she loves him too.
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People who added this item 177 Average listal rating (93 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.2
Noriko lives in postwar Tokyo with her extended family. Although she enjoys her career and her friends, her more traditionally minded family worries about the fact that she's still single at the advanced age of 28. When 40-year-old business associate Takako proposes marriage, Noriko's family press her into accepting. But when her widowed childhood friend Kenkichi returns to the neighborhood, she finds her heart leading in another direction.
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Takeo, a capricious wife from Tokyo high-society, is bored by her dull husband, a quiet and reliable company executive raised in the country. After a crisis, she understands better his true value. A parallel sub-plot shows her niece rebelling against the tradition of arranged marriages.
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People who added this item 689 Average listal rating (359 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.2
The elderly Shukishi and his wife, Tomi, take the long journey from their small seaside village to visit their adult children in Tokyo. Their elder son, Koichi, a doctor, and their daughter, Shige, a hairdresser, don't have much time to spend with their aged parents, and so it falls to Noriko, the widow of their younger son who was killed in the war, to keep her in-laws company.
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People who added this item 73 Average listal rating (47 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.8
Office worker Shoji Sugiyama wakes and goes about his morning routine, attended by his wife, Masako, before commuting to his job in the Tokyo office of a fire brick manufacturing company. During a hiking trip with office friends, Shoji spends time alone with a fellow worker, a typist nicknamed "Goldfish" for her large eyes. After the trip Goldfish makes advances to Shoji and the two begin an affair. Masako suspects something is amiss but is reluctant to confront her husband. After Shoji fails to mark the anniversary of their son's death, he and Masako become progressively estranged.
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People who added this item 96 Average listal rating (50 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
Akiko Sugiyama is a college student learning English shorthand. She is embroiled in an affair and becomes pregnant. Her elder sister Takako, running away from an unhappy marriage, has returned home to stay with Akiko and their father Shukichi in Tokyo, together with her toddler girl. Both sisters are astonished when find out the existence of their long-lost mother, but the younger cannot take the truth of being abandoned as a child.
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People who added this item 93 Average listal rating (52 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.9
At the wedding reception of an old friend’s daughter, Hirayama congratulates the younger generation on the freedom to choose their partners. However, at the post-wedding drinks, he agrees to let his friends find a suitable match for his daughter Setsuko. Hirayama intercedes on behalf of two young women who defy their parents plans for an arranged marriage, but when Setsuko’s boyfriend makes a surprise call to ask for her hand, he is furious.
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People who added this item 173 Average listal rating (106 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Two boys beg their parents for a television set, nagging them until all patience is lost. The parents order the boys to be quiet and the boys do exactly that--refusing to utter a word. The boys' silence ultimately puts the whole neighborhood into turmoil.
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People who added this item 186 Average listal rating (101 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8
A troupe of travelling players arrive at a small seaport in the south of Japan. Komajuro Arashi, the aging master of the troupe, goes to visit his old flame Oyoshi and their son Kiyoshi, even though Kiyoshi believes Komajuro is his uncle. The leading actress Sumiko is jealous and so, in order to humiliate the master, persuades the younger actress Kayo to seduce Kiyoshi.
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People who added this item 111 Average listal rating (63 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
Late Autumn (1960)
A young lady, Ayako, who is reluctant to leave her widowed mother Akiko for marriage to an eligible young man. Three old friends of Ayako's late father form an ersatz trio of fairy godfathers as they plot the future happiness of both mother and daughter, with sometimes unexpected results. Also figuring into the mix is Ayako's Westernized, outspoken friend Yukiko, who steps in when it seems the three gentlemen have blundered.
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People who added this item 88 Average listal rating (52 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.8
A widower who runs a sake brewery, Manbei Kohayagawa has three daughters. Manbei's middle daughter, Fumiko, lives with him, and her husband is employed at the brewery. Manbei's eldest daughter, Akiko, resides with her youngest sister, Noriko, away from their childhood home. While the girls come to their father for advice, he gets into trouble when they discover that he has rekindled a romance with an old mistress.
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People who added this item 206 Average listal rating (111 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
In the wake of his wife's death, aging Shuhei Hirayama struggles to maintain balanced relationships with his three children. He tends to spoil his eldest, the happily married Kazuo, who spends more of his father's money than his own. The middle child, 24-year-old Michiko, is looking for love herself, but feels obligated to run Shuhei's household and care for his youngest child, teenaged Koichi, who can't connect with his father.
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Yasujirō Ozu (小津 安二郎 Ozu Yasujirō, 12 December 1903 – 12 December 1963) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. He began his career during the era of silent films, and his last films were made in color in the early 1960s. Ozu first made a number of short comedies, before turning to more serious themes in the 1930s.
The most prominent themes of Ozu's work are marriage and family, especially the relationships between generations. His most widely acclaimed films include Late Spring (1949), Tokyo Story (1953), Floating Weeds (1959), and An Autumn Afternoon (1962).
His reputation has continued to grow since his death, and he is widely regarded as one of the world's most influential directors. In the 2012 Sight & Sound poll, Ozu's Tokyo Story was voted the third-greatest film of all time by critics worldwide.

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