Yasujirô Ozu Poster

Quotes (7)

  • I have formulated my own directing style in my head, proceeding without any unnecessary imitation of others.
  • Watching Fantasia (1940) I understood we could never win the war. "These people seem to like complications", I thought to myself.
  • About this time [late 1950s], CinemaScope was getting popular. I wanted to have nothing to do with it, and consequently I shot more close-ups and used shorter shots.
  • I tried to represent the collapse of the Japanese family system through showing children growing up.
  • I consciously did away with fade-ins and replaced them with the cut. Henceforth, I never used such editing techniques again. In fact, neither dissolve, fade-in nor fade-out can be regarded as 'the grammar of film,' they are no more than characteristics of the camera.
  • Although I may seem the same to other people, to me each thing I produce is a new expression and I always make each work from a new interest. It's like a painter who always paints same rose.
  • [on his own directorial abilities] I don't know anything about this. I only know how to make tofu. I can make fried tofu, boiled tofu, stuffed tofu.