• 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.

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  • By Batzomon
    December 06, 2013
    02:35 PM

    Having seen all of Ozu's available work, it's interesting to see him refine his minute style to the barest essentials and the most insightful honesty. But yeah, I hope his lost films are found.
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    • By Gord
      December 06, 2013
      11:36 PM

      Ozu's great! I'd much rather they find more Murnau though. When they find your lost Ozu films in a broom closet somewhere in Mongolia I hope Murnau's 4 Devils is with them! Ah, what the heck, let's assume our Mongol friends have good taste and also have a copy of Browning's London after Midnight too. :)
  • By NAME
    December 10, 2013
    01:17 PM

    Even though it states "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.", one can't view any of the titles they highlight each week, that are free, without commercials even when a Hulu plus subscriber correct? I like the themed weekly highlights but have read people saying that whenever a film is designated free that Hulu Plus subscribers also get commercials during that free period and thus have to wait until it goes off of being free before it will go back to being commercial free for subscribers. If that is accurate, anything Criterion can do to enforce the always commercial free for Hulu Plus subscribers? Seems like a simple thing for Hulu to be able to do. Check to see if one is a subscriber. If yes, no commercials anytime like advertised. If not, it shows the commercials.
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    • By Michael H.
      January 25, 2014
      03:42 PM

      I'm pretty sure I've seen movies without commercials in the same week that they've been offered for free (with commercials) for nonsubscribers. I just checked one of this week's free films and it didn't have commercials because I'm a subscriber. Maybe this has changed since you posted this note.

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