Regarded by critics and filmmakers alike as one of the world's greatest directors, Yasujiro Ozu has been praised for his deliberate and striking visual style. After his directorial debut in 1927 he went on to direct 55 films, before his death from cancer in 1963. Largely unappreciated during his lifetime, it is only relatively recently that Ozu has come to be considered as one the best filmmakers that the world has ever seen.
Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947) is an irresistible and touching tale of a young boy abandoned to poverty by his father, and the subsequent relationship that he has with Tane, a local widow who is begrudgingly given the task of looking after the boy. Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice (1952) was made the year before Ozu's acknowledged masterpiece Tokyo Story and is a delicately observed tale of rekindled love which follows a couple who, bored with their existence in an arranged marriage, set about livening up their life together.