Thanks to our friends at the BFI, we have kindly been given THREE DVD copies of the fantastic The Ozu Collection: Three Melodramas, which includes Early Spring (1956), Tokyo Twilight (1957) and the rare silent Woman of Tokyo (1933), to give away to our world cinema-loving readers. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven’t already, ‘Like’ us at or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

Woman of Tokyo (Tokyo no onna)
Ozu’s silent Woman of Tokyo sees the director experimenting with the cutaways that were to become so associated with his later style. Chikako (Yoshiko Okada) works hard to pay for her brother Ryoichi’s (Ureo Egawa) college fees. When Ryoichi learns the true nature of this work disaster ensues. This tragic tale of misunderstood sacrifice features a new score by Ed Hughes.

Early Spring (Soshun)
Made just after his celebrated Tokyo Story, Ozu’s Early Spring tackles the problems of young salaried workers. Shoji (Ryu Ikebe) and his wife Masako, played by the multi-talented Chikage Awashima, struggle to come to terms with a family tragedy. When the office flirt ‘Goldfish’ (Keiko Kishi) starts to interest Shoji, the couple’s fragile peace is severely threatened.

Tokyo Twilight (Tokyo Boshoku)
Abandoned by their mother when they were young, sisters Akiko (Ineko Arima) and Takako (Setsuko Hara) live with their father Shukichi (played by Ozu’s favourite actor Chishu Ryu). Each nurses her own personal sorrow but when Akiko falls into desperate trouble she turns away from her family. Ozu’s last film in black and white, Tokyo Twilight is a masterpiece of atmospheric chiaroscuro.

To be in with a chance of winning one of THREE DVD copies of The Ozu Collection: Three Melodramas, just answer the following simple question:

Japanese master director Yasujirō Ozu died at the age of 60 in which year?

a) 1957
b) 1960
c) 1963

To enter, simply fill out the contact form below with your name, email address, subject (‘Ozu’), answer and postal address in the comment box provided.*

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The Ozu Collection: Three Melodramas is available to own on DVD from 18 June.

The competition closes at 6pm on Thursday 21 June, 2012.

Daniel Green

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