With the 110th anniversary of the director’s birth, iconic Japanese studio Shochiku is planning something rather special in honor of legendary filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu.
Screen Daily is reporting that the company is planning a major restoration and screening project, which will start off on the 14th of this month at the Berlinale. The festival will play host to a special screening of a newly restored print of the auteur’s Tokyo Story, the first in a run of screenings that will be announced soon. There will also be a series of screenings in Japan in December along with a traveling retrospective, similar to the recent Keisuke Kinoshita retrospective that kind of blew the minds of fans worldwide.
Oh, and April will see the release of a book looking at Ozu’s filmmaking style and aesthetic, that will arrive along with a collection of Blu-rays. If 2012 was the year of Hitchcock, 2013 is appearing to be the year of Ozu, and frankly, I can’t wait to see what comes of all of this.
Source Screen Daily