Ozu: His Life and Films
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Yasujiro Ozu, the man whom his kinsmen consider the most Japanese for all film directors, had but one major subject, the Japanese family, and but one major theme, its dissolution. The Japanese family in dissolution figures in every one of his fifty-three films. In his later pictures, the whole world exists in one family, the characters are family members rather than member...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 15th 1977 by University of California Press (first published 1974)
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Sep 14, 2007 Tosh rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of dark film theaters
Donald Richie and Ozu. A perfect combination. A great book length study on the great Japanese filmmaker. Richie did a remarkable job in nailing down what is great about Ozu's work. Essential.
Ericpegnam Pegnam
the best book on Japanese film I've ever read. Ozu's style and career lend themselves to Donald Richie's precise analysis. Highly recommended for people who love OZU.
Steve Leach
Going through another Ozu phase and wanted to reread this thorough guide as I watched and rewatched the movies.
Patrick McCoy
Donald Richie's Ozu (1977) is a seminal look at one of Japan's and the world's greatest directors. Recently, the British film magazine Sight & Sound ranked his masterpiece, Tokyo Story, as the greatest film of all-time. The book is divided into several sections and after the "Preface" in which Richie discusses Yasujiro Ozu's reputation as the most Japanese of their directors, he launches into the "Introduction," which identifies the elements that comprise an Ozu film: the low tatami view (al...more
Richie's book on Yasujiro Ozu is less opulent but richer than his book on Kurosawa. This may be because Ozu's work fits so well into the kind of Japanese cultural analysis that Richie does so brilliantly. Instead of going film by film, the book is divided into sections describing Ozu's approach to creating a film. Hence, there are sections on script, shooting and editing.

There is also a brief survey of all his films at the end of the book that is woven into a biography of the director. Very valu...more
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Donald Richie is an American-born author who has written about the Japanese people and Japanese cinema. Although he considers himself only a writer, Richie has directed many experimental films, the first when he was 17. Although Richie speaks Japanese fluently, he can neither read nor write it.

During World War II, he served aboard Liberty ships as a purser and medical officer. By then he had alrea...more
More about Donald Richie...
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