Ozu’s Anti-Cinema

Volume 49
Yoshida Kiju; Translated by Daisuke Miyao & Kyoko Hirano
Translated by Daisuke Miyao and Kyoko Hirano
A luminous exploration of one filmmaker’s work by another, an artist’s personal journey, a manifesto

Description

Yoshida starts his award-winning Ozu’s Anti-Cinema with a story about his trip to Ozu’s deathbed. Yoshida writes that a dying Ozu whispered to him twice, as if speaking to himself, “Cinema is drama, not accident.” These cryptic last words troubled Yoshida for decades, and throughout this book he examines Ozu’s films and tries to uncover what Ozu really meant.
Ozu’s Anti-Cinema concerns Ozu’s films, but it is also Yoshida’s manifesto on films and filmmaking. In other words, this book is Yoshida’s personal journey into Ozu’s thoughts on filmmaking and, simultaneously, into his own thoughts on the nature of cinema. Every page displays the sensibility of one artist discussing another—this is probably a book that only a filmmaker could write. Within Yoshida’s luminous prose lies a finely tuned, rigorous analysis of Ozu’s films, which have rarely been engaged as closely and personally as here.
Yoshida Kiju, a key filmmaker of Shochiku New Wave cinema, entered Shochiku Studios as an assistant director. He worked primarily for director Kinoshita Keisuke, but he also found himself in close proximity to Ozu Yasujiro. Yoshida started directing

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  • 6 x 9.
  • 198pp.
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  • Hardcover
  • 2003
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  • 978-1-929280-26-1

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