PHOTO: © © June Ueno

The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice

Film Japanischer Film Yasujiro Ozu
In the organizer's words:

Director: OZU Yasujirô
1952, 115 minutes, OmeU, DCP

In this work, Ozu paints a nuanced character study of a childless middle-aged couple. Taeko comes from a noble family and, on her father's recommendation, eventually marries the introverted, country-born Mokichi, who works as an executive. Over the years, she has never felt much love for him and feels increasingly lonely and bored. The emotional distance increases when Setsuko, Taeko's niece, is to enter into an arranged marriage and Mokichi supports the young woman in rejecting the union, even though it was initiated by his parents-in-law.

The cracks in the relationship become increasingly apparent, but the couple finally find each other over a simple meal, the eponymous ochazuke, a bowl of rice with tea poured over it.

Film series
Ozu Yasujirô (1903 - 1963)
A tribute to the legendary Japanese director

Ozu Yasujirô is one of Japan's most internationally renowned directors. To mark his 120th birthday, which he would have celebrated this year, the production company Shôchiku and the Japan Foundation have digitally restored several works, six of which we are presenting. The series is complemented by TOKYO-GA by master director Wim Wenders.

The perfectionist Ozu developed an unmistakable film aesthetic, which he pursued with strict consistency. Characteristic are camera shots in which the action is filmed at the eye level of a person sitting on the floor, whereby Ozu always used a 50mm lens. He also deliberately avoided cross-fades, tracking shots or panning shots and restricted himself to fixed shots and simple cuts.

In almost all of his films, Ozu focused on the complex relationships within a family and portrayed the multi-layered emotional interdependencies between the different generations.
Both behind and in front of the camera, he worked with a well-coordinated and distinguished team, and many of his actors and actresses were among the stars of their time.

The series is a cooperation with the Arsenal - Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V. in Berlin, the Metropolis Kino, Kinemathek Hamburg e.V. and the Filmhaus Nürnberg in the KunstKulturQuartier.

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Price information:

Admission free

Location

Japanisches Kulturinstitut Köln Universitätsstraße 98 50674 Köln

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