In this week’s festival of free films on Hulu, Tribute to Yasujiro Ozu, we honor one of the greatest directors who ever lived, born 110 years ago on December 12. From 1927 to 1962, from silent to sound to color cinema, Ozu tirelessly explored questions of tradition and modernity in Japanese life, specifically within families. For this selection, we offer ten lovely films, including seven of the filmmaker’s most popular one—I Was Born, But . . ., There Was a Father, Late Spring, Tokyo Story, Equinox Flower, Late Autumn, and An Autumn Afternoon.
We’re also pleased to present three Ozu films that are less well known and not currently available on home video in the U.S.: Walk Cheerfully, a silent melodrama from 1930 that finds Ozu in rare gangster-movie mode; the 1941 family story Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family; and the moving 1952 The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice, about an unhappily married, childless couple and their relationship with a niece of marrying age. Watch it below or at Hulu. And remember, if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you can see these and hundreds of other Criterion films commercial-free, anytime.