Donald Richie on Yasujiro Ozu

There are few people in the world we would rather hear talk about the beauty of Yasujiro Ozu’s cinema than Donald Richie. One of the world’s foremost scholars on Japanese film and culture, Richie, who died earlier this year, appears briefly in I Lived, But . . . , a documentary from 1983 that is included in our release of Ozu’s Tokyo Story. You can watch Richie’s appearance, in which he eloquently describes—in Japanese—what it is that makes Ozu’s work so emotionally rich and universal, below.

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