Yasujirō Ozu (12 December 1903 – 12 December 1963) was a Japanese film director and script writer. He began his career during the era of silent films. Ozu made fifty-three films: twenty-six in his first five years as a director, and all but three for the Shochiku studio. Ozu first made a number of short comedies, before turning to more serious themes in the 1930s. Marriage and family, especially the relationships between the generations, are among the themes in his work. His outstanding works include Late Spring (1949), Early Summer (1951), Tokyo Story (1953), and Floating Weeds (1959).
1.) Nicoletta Asciuto (Nov. 18, 2011). "Something Sacred: Yasujiro Ozu’s Cinema". The Bubble. "Ozu’s cinema was thus something nearly heavenly for Wenders, something sacred that must be neither confused nor mingled with religion though – Ozu himself was essentially an atheist and there was little, if any, religion in his films: even his tombstone bears no epigraph, save only for an ancient Chinese character signifying ‘Nothingness’, (‘mu’)."