Tokyo Story (1953)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB Original title:  Tokyo Monogatari Japan, 1953.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Takeshi Yamamoto.  Music by Takanobu Saito.  Production Design by Tasuo Hamada.  Costume Design by Taizo Saito.  Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   Yasujiro Ozu at the very top of his form, displaying his understanding of…

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Late Spring (1949)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB Original title:  Banshun Japan, 1949.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Yasujiro Ozu, Kogo Noda, based on the novel Chichi to Musume by Kazuo Hirotsu.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Takeshi Yamamoto.  Music by Senji Ito.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Costume Design by Bunjiro Suzuki.  Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.   A father greatly wishes for his only…

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Late Autumn (1960)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original title:  Akibiyori Japan, 1960.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Yasujiro Ozu, Kogo Noda, based on the novel by Ton Satomi.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Shizuo Yamanouchi.  Music by Takanobu Saito.  Production Design by Tomiji Shimizu. Costume Design by Toshikazu Sugiyama.  Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.   At the memorial service of a deceased friend, three meddlesome…

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Early Spring (1956)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original title:  Soshun Japan, 1956.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Yasujiro Ozu, Kogo Noda.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Shizuo Yamanouchi.  Music by Takanobu Saito.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Costume Design by Yuji Nagashima.   Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.   A newly hired salary man in 1950s Tokyo becomes quickly disillusioned with both working and married…

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Tokyo Chorus (1931)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB Original title:  Tôkyô no kôrasu Japan, 1931.  Shochiku Kinema.  Screenplay by Kogo Noda, adaptation & story by Komatsu Kitamura, Kogo Noda.  Cinematography by Hideo Shigehara.  Production Design by Minzo Kakuta, Tsunetaro Kawasaki, Beijiro Tanaka, Yonekazu Wakita.  Costume Design by Ko Saito.  Film Editing by Hideo Shigehara.   Early Ozu feature about the breadwinner of a Tokyo…

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The End Of Summer (1961)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original title:  Kohayagawa-ke no Aki Japan, 1961.  Toho Company, Takarazaka Productions. Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai.  Produced by Sanezumi Fujimoto, Masakatsu Kaneko, Tadahiro Teramoto.  Music by Toshiro Mayuzumi.  Production Design by Tomo Shimogawara.  Film Editing by Koichi Iwashita.   Yasujiro Ozu’s second-last film is a loving portrait of a complex family. Gently…

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Tokyo Twilight (1957)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Original title:  Tokyo Boshoku Japan, 1957.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Shizuo Yamanouchi.  Music by Takanobu Saito.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.   The elder of two daughters (Setsuko Hara) has moved back home with her infant to live with her emotionally distanced…

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An Autumn Afternoon (1962)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 Original title:  Sanma No Aji Japan, 1962.  Shochiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Shizuo Yamanouchi.  Music by Takanobu Saito.  Production Design by Minoru Kanekatsu.  Costume Design by Yuji Nagashima.  Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.   Yasujiro Ozu’s final film is a thing of beauty. Gorgeously shot in bright colours, it…

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Early Summer (1951)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB Original title:  Bakushuu Japan, 1951.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Takeshi Yamamoto.  Music by Senji Ito.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Costume Design by Taizo Saito.  Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.   The term “masterpiece” is limited when it comes to picking the best works by Yasujiro Ozu, who…

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Floating Weeds (1959)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Ukigusa Japan, 1959.  Daiei Studios.  Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu, based on a screenplay by Tadao Ikeda.  Cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa.  Produced by Masaichi Nagata.  Music by Takanobu Saito.  Production Design by Hideo Matsuyama.  Film Editing by Toyo Suzuki. This Yasujiro Ozu masterpiece (remade from his own silent film A Story of…

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Good Morning (1959)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 Original title:  Ohayo Japan, 1959.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Shizuo Yamanouchi.  Music by Toshiro Mayuzumi.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.   Yasujiro Ozu remakes his delightful silent film I Was Born, But… with equally adorable results. Once again it revolves around the antics…

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Equinox Flower (1958)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original title:  Higanbana Japan, 1958.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu, based on the novel by Ton Santoni.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Shizuo Yamanouchi.  Music by Takanobu Saito.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Costume Design by Yuji Nagashima.  Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.   Yasujiro Ozu’s first colour film is a touching story that…

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