Iconography of Yasujiro Ozu

Are you into intensely moving cinema? Do you enjoy both heart-breaking and heart-warming stories? Do you know then the work of Yasujirō Ozu? If so, you might be already familiarized with his sensitive and benevolent portrayals of relationships and family drama in Japan. If not, then you should for sure give him a try and there is no better way of doing that than visiting the exhibition is being held in his honor at the National Film Center, in Tokyo.

Yasujiro Ozu

Born in the Fukagawa district of Tokyo, Yasujirō Ozu (December 12, 1903 – December 12, 1963) is considered one of the biggest and most influential filmmakers of Japan. He began his career working as assistant in the cinematography department of Shochiku Film Company, becoming assistant director just a few years after, until he had his directing debut with Sword of Penitence, now lost.  From then on, he wrote and directed more than 50 movies and shorts, starting his career during the era of silent films, and being his last films in color and with sound.  His outstanding works include Late Spring (1949), Early Summer (1951), Tokyo Story (1953) –considered to be his masterpiece–, Floating Weeds (1959) and An Autumn Afternoon (1962). His films have been mostly categorized as Shomin-Geki, a genre which focuses on the daily lives of common working class people and them interpersonal relationships. Pure realism. The cinematography of Yasujirō Ozu’s works is characterized by the use of still camera shots that rarely moves, the use of ellipsis and the significance of his low camera angle. He is for some considered an auther, one of the pioneers of Japanese early cinema.

Commemorating the 110th anniversary of the birth of Yasujirō Ozu as well as the 50th anniversary of his death, the exhibition “Iconography of Yasujirō Ozu” displays paintings, lettering, designs and other items that appeared at his films. A great way for those who like Ozu’s cinema to go deeper into his persona, and also an unbeatable chance for those who didn’t know about him to get into his characteristic and pure world.

Open Dec 12-Mar 30 2014 (closed Mon, Dec 28-Jan 6)
Time 11am-6:30pm
Admission ¥200, univ. students & seniors ¥70, under 18 free
Telephone 03 5777 8600
URL www.momat.go.jp/FC/ozu2013/index.html
Venue National Film Centre 7F Exhibition Room
Address 3-7-6 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Transport Kyobashi station (Ginza line), exit 1.