Yasujiro OZU season @ BFI

サウス・バンクBFI Southbankでは、日本の誇る映画監督、小津安二郎特集「Yasujiro Ozu」を開催、1月から2月にかけて、33本の小津映画が上映されている。また同時に、小津作品に影響を受けた、国内外の12作品も上映中だ。1月1日から年代順に上映されていて、私は戦中・戦後の作品を見に、2月頭から足繁く通っている。

日本にいた頃は、外国映画ばかり見ていて、日本映画はほとんど行かず、恥ずかしながら、イギリスに来るまで、小津作品も見たことがなかった。でも、やっぱり遠く離れてみると、懐かしさからつい日本関係のものに興味が出て、最近は機会があると、日本映画にも足を運んでいる。メジャーな映画館ではないけれど、ロンドンでも日本映画をたまにやっている。BFIでは主に古い映画(成瀬巳喜男大島渚監督特集等)を、ICAでは「さくらん」や「歩いても歩いても」など現代作品を上映している。また、ロンドン国際映画祭でも、毎年数本、日本映画が招待される。

小津特集は、満席とはいかないものの、日本の巨匠とは言え、マイナーな日本の古い映画の割には、まあまあ盛況。小さいシアターで上映の場合は(BFIには大中小サイズの計4つのスクリーンがある)ほぼ満席になる。観客は、20代の若者から60代、70代のおじいさんまで(おじさんたちが多いかな)、一人で来ている男性が多く、特に一番前の席はいつも一杯で、同じ顔ぶれが同じ席を占めている。

古き良き時代の日本の、ありきたりの日常生活や家族関係を描き出す小津映画を見ていると、ほっとする。また小津監督は、笠智衆原節子佐分利信などいつも同じ俳優を自作に起用しているので、映画の中は毎回だいたい同じ顔ぶれ。何だか自分の家族や友人のに会うような、親しい気持ちがわいてくる。小津監督の最後の作品が作られたのが1962年。その後、言葉遣い、ファッション、立ち居振る舞い、価値観等、同じ国と思えないほど変わった。その頃はまだ生まれていなかったけれど、両親、祖父母たちはこんな時代を生きたんだなあと思うと、感慨深い。

BFI Southbank has been hosting the “Yasujiro Ozu” season, showing total of 33 films, from January 1st until the end of February. During the period, “Ozu and His Influence” shows 12 Japanese and foreign movies inspired by Ozu and his works during the same period. Ozu’s works has been shown in chronological order, and I started to go to see many of his films made during the WWII and after from the beginning of February.

When I was in Japan, I always saw foreign films and rarely went to see a Japanese movie. Embarrassed to say, I had never seen any Ozu’s movies before I came to London. Now I am far away from home, I got to be more interested in anything related to Japan, and I go to see a Japanese film anytime I have a chance. There is some places screen a Japanese movie, though not at major cinemas: BFI mainly shows old movies such as Mikio Naruse or Nagisa Oshima, and ICA screens more modern films. The London Film Festival also invites some Japanese movies every year.

Although BFI’s biggest cinema is hardly full, quite many people come and see Ozu’s works – Ozu is one of the best Japanese film directors, yet still his movies are quite old and may be not everyone’s cup of tea. When a screening in the smaller room (BFI southbank has 4 screening rooms; big, medium and small), the seats are usually quite filled up. The audience are from 20s to 60, 70s, and many of them are men alone. The front row is mostly taken and always more or less the same people sitting on the same seats.

I always feel relaxed and happy, every time I see Ozu’s movies, portraying an ordinary life and a famiyl relationship in good old Japan. Ozu always used the same actors and actresses such as Chishu Ryu, Shin Saburi, and Setsuko Hara, I started to feel an affinity for them as I have been knowing them for many years. Since when Ozu made his last film in 1962, the speech, fashion, gestures and values in Japan have changed dramatically, like a different country. I was not born yet that time, but I enjoy imagining how my parents and grandparents had lived through the times.

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2 responses to “Yasujiro OZU season @ BFI

  1. everydaylifestyle

    You mean, in the photos? The photo on the top is of BFI movie brochures, and the one below is the posters on the side walls of BFI. Hope it helps.

  2. Hmme… is this a book or dvd?

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