Restored Ozu films to debut for 110th anniversary events


Film studio Shochiku Co. will celebrate the 110th anniversary of the birth of legendary director Yasujiro Ozu this year by making digitally restored versions of four of his color films and staging special events.

The restored “An Autumn Afternoon” will be screened for the first time at the Cannes International Film Festival starting Wednesday, while the refurbished version of “Equinox Flower” will be shown at the Venice Film Festival later this year, the studio said.

A special Ozu series will start June 22 at the Cine Nouveau theater in Osaka, while all of his works will be screened at the Jimbocho Theater in Tokyo starting Nov. 23.

Ozu, who directed “Tokyo Story” and other classics, was born Dec. 12, 1903, and died on his 60th birthday in 1963.

Events are also planned at places where some of his movies were shot, including Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture.

  • zer0_0zor0

    Haven’t watched an Ozu film in about 15 to 20 years, but I recall prosodic and understated brillance that reflected admirable aspects of what one might refer to as the traditional the Japanese temperament.