Film Preview: Yasujiro Ozu: From Spring to Autumn, until 8 February, Filmhouse Cinema, Edinburgh

3 Jan

I Was Born, But...

As I recently tweeted, 2010 sees me planning to celebrate the centenary of the birth of film director Akira Kurosawa with both a mammoth viewing of his back catalogue and of the work of many of his fellow Japanese directors – something I can kick-off with the Filmhouse’s Yasujiro Ozu: From Spring to Autumn season (on now until 8 February).

As the Filmhouse point out, Ozu is best-known for Tokyo Story and other tales of family tensions and troubles, his long career spanning everything from student comedies to gangster movies.

January sees the cinema screen seven of Ozu’s films, including Tokyo Story, Late Spring, Late Autumn, Early Summer and a special showing of the silent I Was Born, But… with live musical accompaniment by Forrester Pyke on Wednesday 13 January.

Here’s a look at the Tokyo Story trailer:

Rather impressively, Edinburgh is getting this season at the same time as London’s BFI are running their own Ozu season.

Head over to the Filmhouse’s website for full details of the season and look out for more Ozu films in February – there’s more about the director on


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