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A centennial anniversary celebration of the birth of Yasujiro Ozu, one of Japan’s most celebrated movie directors, is in the pipeline for Mie Prefecture in 2003, according to an event organizer.

Film critic Hideo Yoshimura has revealed that he and some 20 other Ozu fans in the prefecture established a committee in April to plan the event.

Ozu, who was born in Tokyo in 1903 but spent his adolescence in Mie Prefecture, died in 1963.

Yoshimura said the event will feature screenings of all of Ozu’s movies, as well as an exhibition of the director’s personal effects, including his letters. Film posters and screenplays will also be on display.

The committee also plans to invite actors and actresses who worked with Ozu to participate in a symposium. It is also considering asking Ozu fans around the nation if they would be interested in holding similar anniversary celebrations.

“We would like to introduce the other side of his image that is not well known to many,” Yoshimura said.

Ozu moved with his family to Mie Prefecture from Tokyo when he was in the fourth grade, and attended a junior high school in the prefecture.

As a director, he was known for his subtle, elegant works, including “Tokyo Monogatari” (“Tokyo Story”), which depicted the impact of postwar society on the institution of the family.

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