I need to watch more of his films but they honestly affect me so much that I find myself avoiding them. He is amazing.
His quote is amusing because he DID imitate other filmmakers while starting out - Lubitsch and Lloyd in particular.
My Favorite Director. More than a poet, a philosopher, a chronicler, he is a mentor. Yet all I can keep thinking of is the character for "Nothingness" left on his grave. Only this artist of sake, tea kettles, tables, Hara's smile and Ryu's sigh could be so enigmatic. Every time I watch one of his films, I have to relearn every other one from scratch.
Perhaps the greatest director of all time, and a master of how families behave and combat the inevitable passage of time. Brilliant.
I agree with Subodh, that these are films which do deserve a theatrical setting for maximum enjoyment, but I'd like to think that Ozu-san would embrace new cinematic technologies, and perhaps these shomin-geki (family dramas) are quite well suited for incursion by quotidia such as whistling kettles, etc.
What an absolute genius Ozu was....it was as though the camera offered me its little finger and led me on a journey through a memorable human experience - unique and irreplaceable. The only other film maker who probably gets close to what Ozu did is Robert Bresson.I guess these films ought to be seen in a theatre or an auditorium - watching it on a dvd/super TV with the phone ringing and the tea kettle whistling etc will steal the essence of what Ozu or Bresson conveyed.
yeah, Ozu is a god of cinema, he created an alternate universe of cinematographic language, like another universe with "other" physical properties, like no gravity or none universal expansion, maybe a more organized, beautiful and accurate one, in other words, he is better than God.
There are many more imaginative directors but Ozu was certainly one of the most original. No one developed such a style as his & no one gave as many great human insights as he. That's why his work will stand the test of time; even if they appear like conservative works on a changing society.