Ozu and His Afterlives

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December 4 – 12

This December marks the 110th anniversary of Yasujiro Ozu’s birth and the 50th anniversary of his death. To commemorate the occasion, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is proud to present the U.S. premieres of brand-new restorations of two exquisite color films by Ozu, Equinox Flower (1958) and An Autumn Afternoon (1962). To pay tribute to his enduring influence, the series also includes seven films by contemporary directors—from Jim Jarmusch to Pedro Costa, who once called Ozu’s films “documentaries about mankind”—that bear some trace, obvious or subtle, of the great Japanese master. All are films that in their own way—to borrow a phrase from the director Claire Denis—grew under the shade of Ozu.

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An Autumn Afternoon

An Autumn Afternoon

Yasujiro Ozu | 1962 | 113 mins

As much a reworking as an updating of Late Spring, Ozu’s final film recasts Chishu Ryu as an aging widower anxious to settle his daughter’s marriage.

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Equinox Flower

Equinox Flower

Yasujiro Ozu | 1957 | 118 mins

In his gorgeously shot first color film, Ozu fashions one of his most memorable characters: a dour paterfamilias of conflicted impulses stubbornly clinging to preordained, conservative thinking in spite of his own better judgment.

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35 Shots of Rum

35 Shots of Rum

Claire Denis | 2008 | 100 mins

Claire Denis’s gloriously delicate and graceful film begins in the territory of Renoir’s La Bête humaine and gradually develops into an unlikely and enchanted evocation of Ozu’s Late Spring.

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Café Lumiere

Café Lumiere

Hou Hsiao-Hsien | 2004 | 104 mins

Commissioned to mark Ozu’s centenary year, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s quietly breathtaking city symphony updates the Japanese master’s recurring concerns: the family in decline, the clash between tradition and modernity.

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In Vanda’s Room

In Vanda’s Room

Pedro Costa | 2000 | 171 mins

With the intimate feel of a documentary and the texture of a Vermeer painting, this second feature in Pedro Costa’s groundbreaking Fontainhas trilogy takes an unflinching look at a handful of self-destructive, marginalized people.

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The Match Factory Girl

The Match Factory Girl

Aki Kaurismaki | 1990 | 70 mins

Aki Kaurismaki lays bare the deadened existence of his wallflower heroine in this poker-faced black comedy about a young woman’s exploitation and revenge, pared to 70 minutes of perfection.

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Still Walking

Still Walking

Hirokazu Kore-eda | 2008 | 114 mins

Unfolding largely over the course of a daylong gathering of a family still mourning the loss of its eldest son, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s fine-tuned elegy is full of personalizing details and the sense memories of childhood.

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Stranger Than Paradise

Stranger Than Paradise

Jim Jarmusch | 1984 | 89 mins

A pair of deadbeat hipsters and a teenage immigrant elevate hanging-out to one of the fine arts in what Jarmusch calls “a neo-realistic black comedy in the style of an imaginary Eastern European director obsessed with Ozu and The Honeymooners.”

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Tokyo-Ga

Tokyo-Ga

Wim Wenders | 1985 | 92 mins

Wim Wenders travels to Japan—his impressions of the country had been formed entirely by the cinema—to pay homage to Ozu, whose films he considers "sacred treasures."

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