Railway + Cinema • Yasujirō Ozu • Japan • 20C

The Japanese film director, Yasujirō Ozu had a long and distinguished career in cinema. Many of his films play-out against a background of railway action. That doesn’t mean that things happen on the train, but the action takes place in relation to a wider train-of-progress that is given form in passing train. It’s more about the train timetable, and the implacability of the schedule, than about the train itself…

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