• An Inn in Tokyo

    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1935 • Japan

    The final still-extant silent film directed by Yasujiro Ozu is an exquisitely tender portrait of everyday survival in 1930s Japan. Anticipating the neorealist poetry of BICYCLE THIEVES, AN INN IN TOKYO follows unemployed ne’er-do-well Kihachi (Takeshi Saka...

  • A Mother Should Be Loved

    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1934 • Japan

    Family turmoil ensues when, after his father's death, an eldest son is revealed as a scion of a long-dead first wife. (Presented without score.)

  • Dragnet Girl

    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1933 • Japan

    This formally accomplished and psychologically complex gangster tale pivots on the growing attraction between Joji, a hardened career criminal, and Kazuko, the sweet-natured older sister of a newly initiated young hoodlum, a relationship that provokes the ...

  • Woman of Tokyo

    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1933 • Japan

    A woman supporting her brother lies about the way she earns her money. Directed by Yasujirō Ozu.

  • Where Now Are the Dreams of Youth?

    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1932 • Japan

    When a young man inherits his father's lucrative business, he cheats the system to set up three of his college friends with jobs. (Presented without score.)

  • The Lady and the Beard

    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1931 • Japan

    A bearded kendo champion has difficulty finding a job because his peculiar, conservative ways alienate his more progressive peers. (Presented without score.)

  • That Night’s Wife

    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1930 • Japan

    In noirish darkness, a man commits a shocking robbery. But, as we soon learn, this seeming criminal mastermind is actually a sensitive everyman driven to desperation by the need to provide for his family. Unfolding over the course of one night, Yasujiro Oz...

  • I Flunked, But . . .

    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1930 • Japan

    A group of college students attempt to cheat through their exams. (Presented without score.)

  • Walk Cheerfully

    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1930 • Japan

    In Yasujiro Ozu's WALK CHEERFULLY, which gracefully combines elements of the relationship drama and the gangster story, small-time hood Kenji, a.k.a. Ken the Knife, wants to go straight for good girl Yasue but finds that starting over isn't as simple as ...

  • A Straightforward Boy

    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1929 • Japan

    A kidnapped boy proves to be more than his abductor can handle. (Presented without score.)

  • Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family

    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1941 • Japan

    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...

  • There Was a Father

    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1942 • Japan
    Starring Chishu Ryu, Haruhiko Tsugawa, Shuji Sano

    Yasujiro Ozu’s frequent leading man Chishu Ryu is riveting as Shuhei, a widowed high school teacher who finds that the more he tries to do what is best for his son’s future, the more they are separated. Tho...

  • The Only Son

    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1936 • Japan
    Starring Choko Iida, Shinichi Himori, Masao Hayama

    Yasujiro Ozu’s first talkie, the uncommonly poignant THE ONLY SON is among the Japanese director’s greatest works. In its simple story about a good-natured mother who gives up everything to ensure her son’...

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    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1933 • Japan

    The first of many films featuring the endearing single-dad Kihachi (played wonderfully by Takeshi Sakamoto), PASSING FANCY is a humorous and heartfelt study of a close, if fraught, father-son relationship. With an ever more sophisticated visual style and u...

  • Tokyo Chorus

    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1931 • Japan

    Combining three prevalent genres of the day, the student comedy, the salaryman film, and the domestic drama, Ozu created this warmhearted family comedy, and demonstrated that he was truly coming into his own as a cinema craftsman. The setup is simple: Low ...

  • Early Summer

    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1951 • Japan
    Starring Setsuko Hara, Chishu Ryu, Chikage Awashima

    The Mamiya family is seeking a husband for their daughter, Noriko, but she has ideas of her own. Played by the extraordinary Setsuko Hara, Noriko impulsively chooses her childhood friend, at once fulfilli...

  • Tokyo Twilight

    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1957 • Japan

    One of Ozu's most piercing portraits of family strife, Tokyo Twilight follows the parallel paths of two sisters contending with an absent mother, unwanted pregnancy, and marital discord.

  • Early Spring

    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1956 • Japan

    In his first film after the commercial and critical success of Tokyo Story, Ozu examines life in postwar Japan through the eyes of a young salaryman, dissatisfied with career and marriage, who begins an affair with a flirtatious co-worker.

  • Late Spring

    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1949 • Japan
    Starring Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara, Yumeji Tsukioka

    One of the most powerful of Yasujiro Ozu’s family portraits, LATE SPRING (BANSHUN) tells the story of a widowed father who feels compelled to marry off his beloved only daughter. Eminent Ozu players Chishu...

  • I Was Born, But . . .

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    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1932 • Japan

    One of Ozu's most popular films, I Was Born, But . . . is a blithe portrait of the financial and psychological toils of one family, as told from the rascally point of view of a couple of stubborn little boys. For two brothers, the daily struggles of bullie...