Dec 5, 2015

Remembering Setsuko Hara

Fans and critics regretted that acting great Setsuko Hara never made more films after 1961, but with her passing perhaps a new generation will discover the pleasure, complexity and intensity of her work.

Mysterious Japanese screen legend Setsuko Hara dies at 95

Nov 26, 2015

Mysterious Japanese screen legend Setsuko Hara dies at 95

Legendary actress Setsuko Hara, who starred in “Tokyo Story” and other films by Yasujiro Ozu and other prominent Japanese directors, has died. On Wednesday her family announced Hara’s death due to pneumonia at a hospital in Kanagawa Prefecture on Sept. 5. She was 95. ...

Re-examining Yasujiro Ozu on film

Dec 7, 2013

Re-examining Yasujiro Ozu on film

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Yasujiro Ozu once had a reputation for making films only other Japanese could understand. His studio bosses believed overseas audiences wanted the exoticism of samurai and geisha, not Ozu’s quietly realistic dramas about contemporary middle-class families. This explains the reluctance of Ozu’s studio, Shochiku, ...