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CineMasters: Yasujiro Ozu

Yasujiro Ozu (1903-1963) created a style of cinema that was unique and profound. With minimal camera movement, Ozu’s films proceed with deceptively simple means, observing his characters with a precision that gradually reveals deep emotion. His stories almost exclusively focus on the day-to-day lives of middle class Japanese families, and in the midst of this seeming mundanity Ozu conveys resonant truths about life and relationships.

The four films in this season represent a small slice of this brilliant filmmaker’s total body of work, but they serve as a perfect introduction to, and summation of, his genius. Each one is presented in a new 4K restoration, as part of the BFI’s ongoing Japan season.

Tokyo Story - 4K - 21 & 22 November

Early Spring - 4K - 28 November & 1 December

The Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice - 4K - 5 & 7 December

Early Summer – 4K - 12 & 15 December

Films in this Season

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1 December

Early Spring - 4K (PG)

Early Spring focuses on the problems of young salaried workers.

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12-15 December

Early Summer - 4K (U)

A wonderfully poised ensemble work which presents the intricacies and contradictions of three generations.

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5-7 December

The Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice - 4K (U)

A beautiful domestic drama and piercing portrait of a marriage coming quietly undone in post-war Tokyo.

All Monday to Friday shows before 5pm have capacity capped at 50% (unless otherwise stated). All other screenings have full unlimited seating capacity (unless otherwise stated).

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