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Nowadays, the name of the Japanese film director Yasujiro Ozu (1903-1963) is known throughout the world. But it wasn’t always like this — and it might never have been, without the efforts of Donald Richie.

After Ozu’s masterpiece “Tokyo Story” was released in 1953, Japanese production companies didn’t even think to enter it in international film festivals. They just didn’t believe that such a “Japanese” film would ever be appreciated by foreign audiences. Only one person tried to convince them they were making a big mistake: Richie.

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