Happy Birthday Yasujirô Ozu!

by KhaledKalache | created - 24 Nov 2015 | updated - 15 Dec 2015 | Public

Yasujirô Ozu would have been 112 on December 12, 2015.

He is regarded by many as the finest film director of all time. His films, which tend to portray the subtle conflict between traditional Japanese culture and contemporary modern values, are made in an elegant, restrained, formalist style that belie the emotional intensity they convey, The following is a list of the 35 Most Popular Feature Film Titles made by Yasujirô Ozu, Which one is your favorite? If you haven't seen any then which one would you most like to watch?

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1. Tokyo Story (1953)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama

An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city, but receive little attention.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura, Setsuko Hara

Votes: 46,794

An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.

2. Late Spring (1949)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Setsuko Hara, Yumeji Tsukioka, Haruko Sugimura

Votes: 12,896

Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father.

3. An Autumn Afternoon (1962)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

An aging widower arranges a marriage for his only daughter.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Shima Iwashita, Keiji Sada, Mariko Okada

Votes: 7,134

An aging widower arranges a marriage for his only daughter.

4. Equinox Flower (1958)

118 min | Comedy, Drama

A businessman clashes with his elder daughter over her choice of a husband.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Shin Saburi, Kinuyo Tanaka, Ineko Arima, Yoshiko Kuga

Votes: 3,323

A businessman clashes with his elder daughter over her choice of a husband.

5. Early Summer (1951)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

A family chooses a match for their daughter Noriko, but she, surprisingly, has her own plans.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Chishû Ryû, Chikage Awashima, Kuniko Miyake

Votes: 6,603

A family chooses a match for their daughter Noriko, but she, surprisingly, has her own plans.

6. Floating Weeds (1959)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama

The head of a Japanese theatre troupe returns to a small coastal town where he left a son who thinks he is his uncle, and tries to make up for the lost time, but his current mistress grows jealous.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Ganjirô Nakamura, Machiko Kyô, Haruko Sugimura, Ayako Wakao

Votes: 6,628

The head of a Japanese theatre troupe returns to a small coastal town where he left a son who thinks he is his uncle, and tries to make up for the lost time, but his current mistress grows jealous.

7. Good Morning (1959)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Two boys begin a silence strike to press their parents into buying them a television set.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Keiji Sada, Yoshiko Kuga, Chishû Ryû, Kuniko Miyake

Votes: 6,892

Two boys begin a silence strike to press their parents into buying them a television set.

8. Late Autumn (1960)

Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

A widow tries to marry off her daughter with the help of her late husband's three friends.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Yôko Tsukasa, Mariko Okada, Keiji Sada

Votes: 4,074

A widow tries to marry off her daughter with the help of her late husband's three friends.

9. The End of Summer (1961)

103 min | Drama

The family of an older man who runs a small sake brewery become concerned with his finances and his health after they discover him visiting an old mistress from his youth.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Ganjirô Nakamura, Setsuko Hara, Yôko Tsukasa, Michiyo Aratama

Votes: 3,255

The family of an older man who runs a small sake brewery become concerned with his finances and his health after they discover him visiting an old mistress from his youth.

10. I Was Born, But... (1932)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

91 Metascore

Two young brothers throw a tantrum when they discover that their father isn't the most important man in his workplace.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Tatsuo Saitô, Tomio Aoki, Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Hideo Sugawara

Votes: 4,502

Two young brothers become the leaders of a gang of kids in their neighborhood. Their father is an office clerk who tries for advancement by playing up his boss. When the boys visit the boss' house with their father, they discover that their dad has been making a fool of himself to please his boss, who's son is an outwitted member of the boys' gang. The brothers' revolt claiming that hierarchy should be based on ability, not on social background. Ozu's charming film is a social satire that draws from the antics of childhood as well as the tragedy of maturity.

11. Early Spring (1956)

145 min | Drama

A young man and his wife struggle within the confines of their passionless relationship while he has an extramarital romance.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chikage Awashima, Ryô Ikebe, Teiji Takahashi, Keiko Kishi

Votes: 2,500

A young man and his wife struggle within the confines of their passionless relationship while he has an extramarital romance.

12. The Only Son (1936)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

A widow sends her only son away to receive a better education. Years later, she visits him, finding him a poor school teacher with a wife and son.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chôko Iida, Shin'ichi Himori, Masao Hayama, Yoshiko Tsubouchi

Votes: 2,869

In 1923, in the province of Shinshu, the widow and simple worker of a silk factory Tsune Nonomiya (O-Tsune) decides to send her only son to Tokyo for having a better education. Thirteen years later, she visits her son Ryosuke Nonomiya (Shinichi Himori), and finds that he is a poor and frustrated night-school teacher with a wife, Sugiko (Yoshiko Tsubouchi), and a baby boy.

13. Tokyo Twilight (1957)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama

Two sisters find out the existence of their long-lost mother, but the younger cannot take the truth of being abandoned as a child.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Ineko Arima, Chishû Ryû, Isuzu Yamada

Votes: 3,009

Two sisters find out the existence of their long-lost mother, but the younger cannot take the truth of being abandoned as a child.

14. There Was a Father (1942)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

Shuhei Horikawa, a poor schoolteacher, struggles to raise his son Ryohei by himself, despite neither money nor prospects.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Shûji Sano, Shin Saburi, Takeshi Sakamoto

Votes: 2,223

Shuhei Horikawa, a poor schoolteacher, struggles to raise his son Ryohei by himself, despite neither money nor prospects.

15. A Story of Floating Weeds (1934)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

A kabuki actor's mistress hatches a jealous plot to bring down her lover's son.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Takeshi Sakamoto, Chôko Iida, Kôji Mitsui, Emiko Yagumo

Votes: 2,700

A kabuki actor's mistress hatches a jealous plot to bring down her lover's son.

16. The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama

A childless middle-aged couple faces a marital crisis.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Shin Saburi, Michiyo Kogure, Kôji Tsuruta, Chishû Ryû

Votes: 2,079

A childless middle-aged couple faces a marital crisis of sorts.

17. Kaze no naka no mendori (1948)

84 min | Drama

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.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Shûji Sano, Chieko Murata, Chishû Ryû

Votes: 1,176

A man returns from World War II to find his desperate wife has resorted to one night of prostitution to pay for their son's hospital bills.

18. Tokyo Chorus (1931)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

A married Tokyo man faces unemployment after standing up for an older colleague.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Tokihiko Okada, Emiko Yagumo, Hideo Sugawara, Hideko Takamine

Votes: 1,164

A married Tokyo man faces unemployment after standing up for an older colleague.

19. The Munekata Sisters (1950)

112 min | Drama

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Hideko Takamine, Ken Uehara, Sanae Takasugi

Votes: 708

Setsuko is unhappily to Mimura, an engineer with no job and a bad drinking habit. She had always been in love with Hiroshi but both of them failed to propose when Hiroshi left for France a few years ago. Now he is back and Mariko (Setsuko's sister) tries to reunite them. She too is secretly in love with Hiroshi.

20. Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947)

72 min | Drama

A young boy follows Tashiro home to his tenement housing complex on the outskirts of Tokyo, the boy who was separated from his carpenter father somehow and somewhere in Kudan. All Tashiro ... See full summary »

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chôko Iida, Hôhi Aoki, Eitarô Ozawa, Mitsuko Yoshikawa

Votes: 1,607

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.

21. Woman of Tokyo (1933)

47 min | Drama

Ryoichi and Chikako are brother and sister. They live together. Chikako works during the day in an office and at night she prostitutes herself to fund her brother's studies at the ... See full summary »

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Yoshiko Okada, Ureo Egawa, Kinuyo Tanaka, Shin'yô Nara

Votes: 729

Ryoichi and Chikako are brother and sister. They live together. Chikako works during the day in a office and at night she prostitutes herself to fund her brother studies in univesity. Ryoichi doesn't know about his sister's secret life but he is dating Harue whose brother is a policeman.

22. What Did the Lady Forget? (1937)

71 min | Comedy, Drama

An affluent medical professor, Komiya, and his bossy wife, Tokio, are to look after Setsuko, their high-spirited niece from Osaka. Setsuko is a liberated woman who does what she wants, ... See full summary »

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Sumiko Kurishima, Tatsuo Saitô, Michiko Kuwano, Shûji Sano

Votes: 841

An affluent medical professor, Komiya, and his bossy wife, Tokio, are to look after Setsuko, their high-spirited niece from Osaka. Setsuko is a liberated woman who does what she wants, including smoking, even though she is a minor. On Saturday, the professor does not feel like going to his weekend golf game, but his wife packs him off anyway.

23. Passing Fancy (1933)

100 min | Drama

Two Tokyo co-workers come across a destitute young lady in search of a place to live.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Takeshi Sakamoto, Nobuko Fushimi, Den Ohinata, Chôko Iida

Votes: 1,174

Two Tokyo co-workers come across a destitute young lady in search of a place to live.

24. The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (1941)

105 min | Drama

When the patriarch of the Toda family suddenly dies, his widow discovers that he has left her with nothing but debt and married children who are unwilling to support her--except for her most thoughtful son, just returned from China.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Mieko Takamine, Shin Saburi, Hideo Fujino, Ayako Katsuragi

Votes: 985

When the patriarch of the Toda family suddenly dies, his widow discovers that he has left her with nothing but debt and married children who are unwilling to support her--except for her most thoughtful son, just returned from China.

25. That Night's Wife (1930)

65 min | Crime, Drama

A desperate man with a sick daughter decides to commit a robbery in order to help her. He begins to feel remorse though, which makes him question his decision.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Mitsuko Ichimura, Tokihiko Okada, Chishû Ryû, Tatsuo Saitô

Votes: 614

A desperate man with a sick daughter decides to commit a robbery in order to help her. He begins to feel remorse though, which makes him question his decision.

26. An Inn in Tokyo (1935)

80 min | Drama

Unemployed Kihachi and his two sons struggle to make ends meet. But that doesn't keep Kihachi from wooing single mother Otaka.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Takeshi Sakamoto, Yoshiko Okada, Chôko Iida, Tomio Aoki

Votes: 1,178

Unemployed Kihachi and his two sons struggle to make ends meet. But that doesn't keep Kihachi from wooing single mother Otaka.

27. Walk Cheerfully (1930)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A small-time hood wants to go straight for a good girl but finds that starting over isn't as simple as it sounds.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Minoru Takada, Hiroko Kawasaki, Satoko Date, Takeshi Sakamoto

Votes: 452

Kenji is a small thief who likes drinking and fighting. When he falls in love with sweet and simple Yazue, and she finds out what kind of guy he really is, she leaves him 'until he becomes an honest person'. But it is not easy to get rid of one's past...

28. Where Now Are the Dreams of Youth (1932)

92 min | Drama

When a young man inherits his father's lucrative business, he cheats the system to set up three of his college friends with jobs.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Ureo Egawa, Kinuyo Tanaka, Tatsuo Saitô, Harurô Takeda

Votes: 422

When a young man inherits his father's lucrative business, he cheats the system to set up three of his college friends with jobs.

29. Dragnet Girl (1933)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A gangster tries to find redemption with the inadvertent help of an innocent shop girl and his jealous girlfriend will do anything to keep him.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Jôji Oka, Sumiko Mizukubo, Kôji Mitsui

Votes: 613

A gangster tries to find redemption with the inadvertent help of an innocent shop girl and his jealous girlfriend will do anything to keep him.

30. Days of Youth (1929)

103 min | Comedy

Two friends try and court the same woman.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Ichirô Yûki, Tatsuo Saitô, Junko Matsui, Shin'ichi Himori

Votes: 454

Two friends try and court the same woman.

31. Blade of Penitence (1927)

70 min | Drama

Ishimatsu is out of jail and wants to rebuild his life. But his brother, Sakichi, and his old partners are not going to allow it.

Directors: Yasujirô Ozu, Torajirô Saitô | Stars: Hikaru Kicchôji, Kunimatsu Ogawa, Eiko Atsumi, Kanji Kawara

Votes: 35

Ishimatsu is out of jail and wants to rebuild his life. But his brother, Sakichi, and his old partners are not going to allow it.

32. Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji (1955)

Not Rated | 94 min | Adventure, Drama

A samurai travels to Edo with his two servants. On their way, they meet many people and encounter great injustice.

Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Chiezô Kataoka, Ryûnosuke Tsukigata, Chizuru Kitagawa, Yuriko Tashiro

Votes: 597

A samurai travels to Edo with his two servants. On their way, they meet many people and encounter great injustice.

33. I Flunked, But... (1930)

65 min | Comedy, Drama

A story of a college student (Tatsuo Saitô) and his schoolmates trying to pass the exams by cheating.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Tatsuo Saitô, Kaoru Futaba, Kinuyo Tanaka, Tomio Aoki

Votes: 353

A story of a college student (Tatsuo Saitô) and his schoolmates trying to pass the exams by cheating.

34. A Mother Should Be Loved (1934)

93 min | Drama

Two half-brothers try to cope with the loss of their father.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Yûkichi Iwata, Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Den Ohinata, Seiichi Katô

Votes: 363

Two half-brothers try to cope with the loss of their father.

35. The Lady and the Beard (1931)

75 min | Comedy, Romance

A bearded kendo champion has difficulties in life because of his conservative ways and his unusual beard.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Tokihiko Okada, Hiroko Kawasaki, Chôko Iida, Satoko Date

Votes: 328

A bearded kendo champion has difficulties in life because of his conservative ways and his unusual beard.



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