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9 - 29 June 2017: Yasujirō Ozu: Noriko Trilogy


Regarded by many to be amongst the finest film directors of all time, Yasujirō Ozu’s films tend to portray the subtle conflict between traditional Japanese culture and contemporary modern values – made in an elegant, restrained, formalist style that belie the emotional intensity they convey.

"Ozu’s body of work is incommensurable with that of any other Japanese filmmaker except perhaps Kurosawa...As a contribution to Japanese culture, however, it is comparable only to that of the great poets, painters or sculptors of the past." – Noël Burch

Late Spring
Yasujirō Ozu
1949 | 108 min | B/W | 35mm

Late Spring is the moving story of a young woman, Noriko (Setsuko Hara), who sacrifices her independence to look after her ailing father. read more

Early Summer
Yasujirō Ozu
1951 | 135 min | B/W | Digital

Early Summer examines the changing attitudes to Japanese traditions, in the rebellion of a young woman (Setsuko Hara) from her arranged marriage. read more

Tokyo Story
Yasujirō Ozu
1953 | 136 min | B/W | DCP

Widely considered to be Ozu's masterpiece, Tokyo Story tells a simple tale of inter-generational conflict. When an elderly married couple, Shukichi and Tomi Hirayama (Chishu Ryu and Chieko Higashiyama), visit their married children in the bustling metropolis of post-war Tokyo, they find themselves unwelcome and virtually unnoticed – until a tragedy befalls the family. read more