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Book Review: Ozu’s Anti-Cinema (1998) by Yoshihige (Kiju) Yoshida

Book Review: Ozu’s Anti-Cinema (1998) by Yoshihige (Kiju) Yoshida

Yoshihige Yoshida was 22 years old when he joined Shochiku film studios as an assistant director. At that time, around 1955, Yasujiro Ozu was a nemesis for many young filmmakers at the facility. Ozu resembled commerce and conservatism, a person that does not care for the sociopolitical uproar of the postwar youth and probably the least role model for the yet to be founded “Shochiku New Wave”. Nonetheless, Yoshida, as a part of this new generation of directors, was deeply touched by Ozu’s words and tried to comprehend the meaning of his views on the world and cinema. 30 years after the passing of Yasujiro Ozu, he began to develop a theory about his films. It took five years to finish and is titled “Ozu’s Anti-Cinema”. The book is based on personal encounters with the director leading from Yoshida’s beginnings at Shochiku to the last visit at Ozu’s deathbed.

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