Japanese Modernism Across Media

Ozu and Setsuko Hara

Setsuko Hara (1920-2015)

Setsuko Hara was the soul to many films by Ozu. She gained her fame after the World War II. According to Richie, “Hara’s work with Ozu began in 1949 and continued until 1961—twelve years of creative partnership... it is possible that this division in Hara’s career—between characters allowed to express individuality and traditional-family personifications—in part inspired the people she would play in his pictures.”[1] 

[1] Donald Richie, "Ozu and Setsuko Hara," The Criterion Collection, accessed December 03, 2016, https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/2258-ozu-and-setsuko-hara