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Dec. 12, 1903: Yasujiro Ozu is born in Tokyo’s Fukagawa district, the second of five siblings. His father is a prosperous fertilizer wholesaler from Matsusaka, Mie Prefecture. Ozu lives in Matsusaka with his brothers and sisters from 1913 to 1924.

Aug. 2, 1923: After failing university exams and working as a substitute teacher in Mie Prefecture, Ozu enters the Shochiku studio as an assistant cameraman.

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