From Friday, June 9 through Thursday, June 29, the Film Forum will host OZU 120, a three-week-long retrospective of all of the Japanese director and screenwriter Yasujirô Ozu’s existing work that marks both the 120th anniversary of his birth and the 60th anniversary of his passing.

Over 30 films, the majority in 35mm, from his 14 silent films that are still in existence are included in the retrospective, including I WAS BORN, BUT…, PASSING FANCY, DRAGNET GIRL, and more, all of which will be shown with live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner.

About Yasujirô Ozu

Yasujir Ozu (1903–1963), the most revered director in his own nation, rose to fame in the West only after his passing at the age of 60. This greatest of all filmmakers specialized for the majority of his career in the unmistakably Japanese shomin-geki genre: straightforward tales about common people. Families, fathers, and fond memories of childhood and college life—much of which he had not personally experienced—were among his favorite subjects. He was estranged from his father at a young age and never married or went to college. 

Ozu used some of the most unconventional and austere filmmaking methods ever: little to no camera movement, direct cuts between scenes, the constant low camera angle (also known as “the tatami shot,” taken from the eye level of a person sitting on a tatami mat), unpopulated “still life” shots connecting sequences—a deceptively straightforward approach that no other director has been able to imitate.

Screening Schedule for OZU 120:

LATE SPRING 

Japan, 1949

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Chishû Ryû, Setsuko Hara, Yumeji Tsukioka

Approx. 108 min. 35mm/4K DCP Restoration

Friday, June 9 at 12:15 

Friday, June 9 at 5:20 (35mm)

Saturday, June 10 at 7:30 (35mm)

Sunday, June 11 at 7:00 (35mm)

Tuesday, June 13 at 2:30

Wednesday, June 28 at 12:30

Wednesday, June 28 at 5:30

TOKYO STORY 

Japan, 1953

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Setsuko Hara, Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama

Approx. 137 min.

35mm print courtesy of Japan Foundation/4K DCP Restoration

Friday, June 9 at 2:35

Friday, June 9 at 7:40 (35mm)

Saturday, June 10 at 12:15  

Wednesday, June 14 at 12:30

Thursday, June 15 at 2:10

Sunday, June 18 at 7:55 (35mm)

Tuesday, June 20 at 12:30

Wednesday, June 21 at 12:30 

Thursday, June 29 at 12:30

Thursday, June 29 at 8:10 (35mm)

THERE WAS A FATHER 

Japan, 1942

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Chishū Ryū

Approx. 87 min. 35mm.

Saturday, June 10 at 3:00

THE MUNEKATA SISTERS 

Japan, 1950

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Kinuyo Tanaka, Hideko Takamine, Ken Uehara

Approx. 112 min. 35mm print courtesy of Japan Foundation

Saturday, June 10 at 5:10

Monday, June 12 at 4:25

GOOD MORNING  

Japan, 1959

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Keiji Sada, Yoshiko Kuga, Chishû Ryû

Approx. 93 min. 35mm/DCP

Sunday, June 11 at 12:50 

Monday, June 12 2:25

Tuesday, June 13 at 12:30

Wednesday, June 21 at 8:25 (35mm)

THE ONLY SON

Japan, 1936

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Chôko Iida

Approx. 82 min. 35mm

Sunday, June 11 at 2:50

PASSING FANCY 

Japan, 1933

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Takeshi Sakamoto, Tomio Aoki aka Tokkan Kozō, Den Onihata, Nobuko Fushimi

Approx. 101 min. 35mm

Sunday, June 11 at 4:40 **

** With live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner

A HEN IN THE WIND 

Japan, 1948

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Kinuyo Tanaka, Shûji Sano, Chieko Murata

Approx. 84 min. 35mm/4K DCP Restoration

Monday, June 12 at 12:30 

Monday, June 12 at 8:40 

Thursday, June 15 12:15

Saturday, June 17 at 3:00 (35mm)

DAYS OF YOUTH 

Japan, 1929

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Tatsuo Saitō, Junko Matsui

Approx. 103 min. 35mm

Monday, June 12 at 6:25 **

** With live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner

RECORD OF A TENEMENT GENTLEMAN

Japan, 1947

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Chôko Iida, Chishû Ryû, Hôhi Aoki, Takeshi Sakamoto

Approx. 72 min. 35mm

Tuesday, June 13 at 4:50 

Thursday, June 15 at 4:55

Thursday, June 15 at 8:20

EQUINOX FLOWER 

Japan, 1958

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Shin Saburi, Kinuyo Tanaka, Ineko Arima

Approx. 118 min. 35mm/DCP

Wednesday, June 14 at 3:15

Wednesday, June 14 at 8:10

Saturday, June 17 at 12:30

Sunday, June 18 at 5:25 (35mm)

WALK CHEERFULLY 

Japan, 1930

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Minoru Takada, Hiroko Kawasaki

Approx. 96 min. 35mm

Wednesday, June 14 at 6:00 **

** With live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner

THE LADY AND THE BEARD
Japan, 1931
Directed by Yasujirō Ozu
With Tokihiko Okada
Approx. 75 min. 35mm

Tuesday, June 15 at 6:35 **
** With live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner

WHAT DID THE LADY FORGET? 

Japan, 1937

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Sumiko Kurishima, Tatsuo Saitô, Michiko Kuwano

Approx. 71 min. 35mm

Friday, June 16 at 12:30 

Friday, June 16 at 5:35

THE FLAVOR OF GREEN TEA OVER RICE

Japan, 1952

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Shin Saburi, Michiyo Kogure, Keiko Tsushima, Kôji Tsuruta

Approx. 166 min. 35mm/4K DCP Restoration

Friday, June 16 at 2:10

Friday, June 16 at 7:15 (35mm)

Saturday, June 17 at 4:55

Wednesday, June 21 3:15

EARLY SUMMER 

Japan, 1951

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Setsuko Hara, Chishû Ryû, Chikage Awashima

Approx. 145 min. 35mm/DCP

Saturday, June 17 at 8:10 (35mm)

Sunday, June 18 at 2:50 

Monday, June 19 at 2:45

I WAS BORN, BUT… 

Japan, 1932

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Tomio Aoki aka Tokkan Kozō, Tatsuo Saitō

Approx. 90 min. 35mm

Sunday, June 18 at 11:00 ** (Part of Film Forum Jr.)

** With live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner

I GRADUATED, BUT…

Japan, 1929

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

Written by Hiroshi Shimizu

With Kinuyo Tanaka

Approx. 10 min. 35mm

– With –

I FLUNKED, BUT…

Japan, 1929

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

Written by Kôgo Noda

With Tatsuo Saitō, Tomio Aoki aka Tokkan Kozō, Kinuyo Tanaka

Approx. 65 min. 35mm

Sunday, June 18 at 1:00 **

** With live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner

THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF THE TODA FAMILY

Japan, 1941

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Mieko Takamine, Shin Saburi, Hideo Fujino

Approx. 105 min. 35mm

Monday, June 19 at 12:30

Monday, June 19 at 7:50

I WAS BORN, BUT… 

Japan, 1932

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

Starring Tomio Aoki aka Tokkan Kozō, Tatsuo Saitō

Approx. 90 min. 35mm.

– With –

A STRAIGHTFORWARD BOY (Fragment of a short)

Japan, 1929

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Tomio Aoki aka Tokkan Kozō, Tatsuo Saitō

Approx. 14 min. 35mm.

Monday, June 19 at 5:30 **

** With live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner

TOKYO TWILIGHT 

Japan, 1957

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Setsuko Hara, Ineko Arima, Chishû Ryû

Approx. 141 min. 4K DCP Restoration

Tuesday, June 20 at 3:15

Tuesday, June 20 at 8:00

Monday, June 26 at 12:30

Thursday, June 29 at 3:15

THAT NIGHT’S WIFE 

Japan, 1930

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

Written by Kôgo Noda

With Tokihiko Okada, Chishū Ryū, Tatsuo Saitō

Approx. 65 min. 35mm

Tuesday, June 20 at 6:10 **

** With live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner

WHERE NOW ARE THE DREAMS OF YOUTH 

Japan, 1932

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

Approx. 86 min. 35mm

Wednesday, June 21 at 6:30 **

** With live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner

AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON

Japan, 1962

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Chishû Ryû, Shima Iwashita, Keiji Sada

Approx. 113 min. 35mm/DCP

Thursday, June 22 at 12:30

Thursday, June 22 at 6:00

Saturday, June 24 at 5:15 (35mm)

A still from Early Spring, playing as a part of Ozu 120 at Film Forum.
A still from Early Spring, playing as a part of Ozu 120 at Film Forum.

EARLY SPRING 

Japan, 1956

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With  Ryô Ikebe, Chikage Awashima, Teiji Takahashi, Keiko Kishi

Approx. 145 min. 35mm print courtesy of Japan Foundation/4K DCP Restoration

Thursday, June 22 at 3:00

Thursday, June 22 at 8:25 (35mm)

Tuesday, June 27 at 12:30 (35mm)

Tuesday, June 27 at 7:45 (35mm)

END OF SUMMER 

Japan, 1961

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Ganjirô Nakamura, Setsuko Hara, Yôko Tsukasa

Approx. 103 min. 35mm  print courtesy of Japan Foundation

Friday, June 23 at 12:30

Friday, June 23 at 5:50

Saturday, June 24 at 3:00

Tuesday, June 27 at 3:25

LATE AUTUMN 

Japan, 1960

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Setsuko Hara, Yôko Tsukasa, Mariko Okada

Approx. 128 min. 35mm

Friday, June 23 at 2:45

Friday, June 23 at 8:10

Saturday, June 24 at 12:15

Wednesday, June 28 at 2:50

Wednesday, June 28 at 7:50

DRAGNET GIRL

Japan, 1933

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Joji Oka, Kinuyo Tanaka, Hideo Mitsui

Approx. 100 min. 35mm

Saturday, June 24 at 7:40 **

** With live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner

WOMAN OF TOKYO 

Japan, 1933

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Yoshiko Okada, Ureo Egawa

Approx. 45 min. 35mm

Sunday, June 25 2:35

A STORY OF FLOATING WEEDS 

Japan, 1934

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Takeshi Sakamoto, Chôko Iida, Kōji Mitsui

Approx. 86 min. 35mm

Sunday, June 25 at 5:20 **

FLOATING WEEDS

Japan, 1959

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Ganjirô Nakamura, Machiko Kyō, Ayako Wakao

Approx. 119 min. DCP

– With –

KAGAMIJISHI (Short)

Japan, 1936

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Onoe Kikugorō VI

Approx. 24 min. 16mm print courtesy of Japan Foundation 

Sunday, June 25 at 7:15

FLOATING WEEDS  

Japan, 1959

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Ganjirô Nakamura, Machiko Kyō, Ayako Wakao

Approx. 119 min. 35mm  print courtesy of Japan Foundation

Monday, June 26 at 3:20 

Monday, June 26 at 8:00

TOKYO CHORUS

Japan, 1931

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

Written by Komatsu Kitamura and Kôgo Noda

With Tokihiko Okada, Hideo Sugawara

Approx. 90 min. 35mm

Monday, June 26 at 6:00 **

** With live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner

A MOTHER SHOULD BE LOVED 

Japan, 1934

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Yûkichi Iwata, Mitsuko Yoshikawa

Approx. 73 min. 35mm

Tuesday, June 27 at 6:00 **

** With live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner

AN INN IN TOKYO 

Japan, 1935

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

With Takeshi Sakamoto, Yoshiko Okada, Chôko Iida, Tomio Aoki aka Tokkan Kozō

Approx. 80 min. 35mm

Thursday, June 29 at 6:20 **

** With live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner

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