Beginning his career during the era of silent films, Japanese film director Yasujirō Ozu was famous for owning 53 silent films, nearly half of which was made in his five years as a director. He caught attentions by daily life themes about marriage and family, especially the relationships between the generations, in his works, notably Early Summer (1951), Tokyo Story (1953), and Floating Weeds (1959). For his great contribution, he was considered as one of the most influential directors in the world.
The film Civilization (1917) became inspiration for him to pursue filmmaking career. Thanks to his uncle, he was employed as an assistant in the cinematography department of the Shochiku Film Company in 1923. After a year serving in military, he became a third assistant director in 1926. As a director, he had his first film, Sword of Penitence, in the next year.
He had two siblings, Toku Ozu and Shinichi Ozu.