Japanese film director.
Born in Tokyo, Ozu spent his career, which began in 1923 as a scriptwriter and assistant editor, at the Shochiku studio. He made his debut as a director with Zange no Yaiba (1927; Sword of Penitence), which was followed by such films as Hitori Musoko (1936; The Only Son). His work was interrupted by periods of military service between 1937 and the mid-forties, although he did manage to direct two films during this period. Traditional in both theme and technique, Ozu has often been cited as the most Japanese of Japan's film directors. The theme of middle-class family life runs throughout his films. From a canon of fifty-four films, perhaps the most notable are Tokyo Monogatari (1953; Tokyo Story), Soshun (1956; Early Spring), and Samma no Aji (1962; An Autumn Afternoon).
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).