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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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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