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Pre-Order: Two Films by Yasujirō Ozu (Blu-ray)


Two newly remastered films by the Japanese master Yasujirō Ozu

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Released 15 April 2024

From his early silent films to his final features in the 1960s, Yasujirō Ozu perfected a style that stripped away unnecessary plot mechanics and camera movement. In doing so, he produced a cinema whose surface simplicity belies character studies of depth, warmth and on occasion, humour. This release features two newly restored films, presented on Blu-ray including a longer and previously unreleased version of There Was a Father.

I Was Born, But… (1932, 91 mins): as brothers Ryoichi and Keiji struggle to outwit the local bully and scale the pecking order in their new neighbourhood they find out that injustice does not end with school. Ozu's silent masterpiece prefigures themes from his later, colour classic Good Morning, but with a darker edge.

There Was a Father (1942, 93 mins): Shuhei Horikawa sacrifices his teaching career after an unfortunate accident but refuses to sacrifice the education of his only son.

  • Newly restored and presented in High Definition
  • Newly recorded audio commentaries on both films by writer and film critic Adrian Martin
  • **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Illustrated booklet with an essay on I Was Born, But… by silent film expert Bryony Dixon, writing on There Was a Father by Tony Rayns, and notes on his score for I Was Born, But… by composer Ed Hughes


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SKU 5035673015049
Catalogue Number BFIB1504
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1932, 1942
Director Yasujirō Ozu
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries Japan
Colour Black & White
Subtitles English
Language(s) Japanese
Running time 184 mins
Blu-ray region B
Certificate U
BFICID_ID 150046026 150025415
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