July 21, 2015

Video: Surprising Connections Between the Films of Yasujiro Ozu and Wes Anderson

With such a quirky, unique style, it might be difficult to pinpoint exactly which filmmakers influenced the work of Wes Anderson.

Parallels can be made between pretty much every filmmaker and the unconventional director, namely the work of the French New Wavers like Jean-Luc Godard, but what about Yasujiro Ozu? If you read that and responded with an audible, "Whaaaaaaaaat," we know. The comparison is an unlikely one. 

In this fantastic video essay by Anna Catley we get to see the cinematic worlds of both directors side by side, not in an attempt to suggest that Anderson was influenced by Ozu, but simply for the sake of "playing with some parallels."

As Catley explains, the cinematic approach of both directors is quite different. Anderson's approach is more chaotic, casting a critical eye on the artificial, whereas Ozu's is serene, celebrating the simplicity of nature. Stylized action sequences: Anderson. Slow, melodic realism: Ozu. The visuals of both directors are strikingly similar, though. Both directors like stylized compositions, as well as symmetry.

'Equinox Flower' (Ozu, 1958)
'Equinox Flower' (Ozu, 1958)
'The Royal Tenenbaums' (Anderson, 2001)
'The Royal Tenenbaums' (Anderson, 2001)

So, no -- maybe Ozu didn't influence Anderson's work necessarily, but the similarities between them are interesting to explore. And if you want to explore more of Catley's videos, head on over to her Vimeo channel. Her blog CINECATic is also full of great thoughts and musings on film, and I highly suggest you take a gander.

What kinds of connections did you make between the two directors? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.     

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Wes Anderson's style feels very largely Kubrick derived. The camera just moves a little quicker, I suppose more in the nature of Godard.

July 22, 2015 at 12:39AM

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I've always felt like he had something from Jodorowsky too

July 22, 2015 at 11:10PM

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I like this, this is nofilmschool for me!

July 22, 2015 at 6:24AM

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Marina MoMo
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Totally. Love the recent increase in video essay posts. Keep it up!

July 22, 2015 at 5:41PM

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Guido Gautsch
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July 22, 2015 at 5:41PM, Edited July 22, 5:41PM

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Guido Gautsch
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nice video i see it and again see after reading this content

July 22, 2015 at 2:20PM

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Very well Done Anna Catley!

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