|Mariko Okada, Ozu, and Yoko Tsukasa on the set of Late Autumn (1960)|
Renowned Japanese director Yasujirô Ozu was born on December 12, 1903 in Tokyo, Japan. He died there on the same day in 1963, his 60th birthday. So today marks the 110th anniversary of his birth and the 50th of his death.
Among his 54 credits as a director are such films as A Story of Floating Weeds (1934, remade by him as Floating Weeds in 1959), Early Summer (1951), Tokyo Story (1953), Late Autumn (1960, and An Autumn Afternoon (1962), his final film. Lovers of Japanese film are most fortunate in that his oeuvre is well-represented in The Criterion Collection.
New Yorker's have an excellent way to commemorate this outstanding figure of Japanese cinema by attending tonight's screening of Late Autumn at Japan Society.
But wherever you are, please join AsianCineFest in taking at least a few moments today to remember this great man who directed so many wonderful movies.