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TOKYO

‘Iconography of Yasujiro Ozu’

National Film Center

by Jordan Sievers

Staff Writer

Yasujiro Ozu (1903-1963) is one of Japan’s most influential filmmakers, internationally renowned for his realistic and sensitive portrayals of relationships and family drama in Japan.

In celebration of the 110th anniversary since his birth and the 50th anniversary of his death, this exhibition sheds light on Ozu’s innovative cinematic aesthetic, showcasing his unusual techniques, such as the “tatami shot” where he kept the camera in a low, fixed position, rarely moving away for the actor’s eye level. It also offers an inside look at the filmmaking persona of Ozu, showcasing his personal writings, drawings and illustrated plans for films; Dec. 12-March 30.

National Film Center; 3-7-6 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. Kyobashi Stn. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. ¥200. Closed Mon. 03-5777-8600; www.momat.go.jp