December 12, 2003 will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of film director Yasujiro Ozu. On this occasion, the Berlin International Film Festival will devote a retrospective to this master of Japanese cinema.
Thanks to the copyright holders Shochiku Co. Ltd., it will be possible for the Berlinale to pay tribute to director Yasujiro Ozu. At the Berlinale Palast, his most famous work Tokyo Monogatari (Tokyo Story) will be screened.
Other works by and about Yasujiro Ozu will be featured in various program sections of the Berlinale. An extensive retrospective of his films will be presented following the festival at the Arsenal movie theater.
Yasujiro Ozu, who passed away in 1963, is regarded internationally as one of the most renowned figures in the history of Japanese cinema. His works have influenced filmmakers like Wim Wenders, Paul Schrader or Hou Hsiao Hsien.
The Berlin International Film Festival is delighted to be able to present this retrospective for the first time. It will do so in collaboration with Shochiku Co. Ltd. and with the support of the Japanese Embassy in Berlin and the Japan Foundation in Cologne. The retrospective will be screened afterwards at other international festivals, for example, in Hong Kong or New York.
December 11, 2002