A widowed professor lives with his doting and dutiful daughter. He worries that she will never marry and move on, so pretends that he is himself considering a new marriage in order to prompt her to take seriously the suitors he introduces her to.
Profoundly moving, this gorgeous and unparalleled classic from Yasujirō Ozu transcends its father-daughter drama to find a universal, and always inevitable tension between tradition and modernity. An absolute and indubitable masterpiece—as well as Ozu’s first film (of six!) with star Setsuko Hara.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Aditya Assarat, 2007, Thailand
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria