Ozu's Tokyo Story is generally regarded as one of the finest films
ever made. Universal in its appeal, it is also considered to be
'particularly Japanese'. Exploring its universality and cultural
specificity, this collection of specially commissioned essays
demonstrates the multiple planes on which the film may be
appreciated. The introduction outlines Ozu's career as both a
contract director of a major studio and as a singular figure in
Japanese film history, and also analyses the director's cinematic
style, particularly his narrative strategies and spatial
compositions. Other essays situate Ozu's cinema in its relationship
to Hollywood film-making: his relationship to aspects of Japanese
tradition, situating the film within artistic modes, religious
systems and beliefs, and socio-cultural and familial formations.
Also included is an analysis of how Ozu has been misunderstood in
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