Yasujiro Ozu

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Birth Name: Yasujiro Ozu
Born: 12/12/1903
Birth Place: Japan
Died: 12/11/1963

Ozu's early fascination with cinema soon turned into an obsession; as a student he reportedly went to great lengths to skip school and watch movies, usually Hollywood fare. His own filmmaking career began with his entry in 1923 into the newly formed Shochiku Studios, where he worked as an assistant cameraman and an assistant director. He directed his first film in 1927, and over the next four years directed twenty-one more.

The years 1931 to 1940 saw some of his greatest films, and he received the Best Film award from KINEMA JUMPO three consecutive times, for "I Was Born, But..." (1932), "Passing Fancy" (1933) and "A Story of Floating Weeds" (1934). During the war, he directed two relative... Continue Bio >>

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