Let Them Fight! Akira Kurosawa vs. Yasujirō Ozu

Welcome to “Let Them Fight!”, where we pit two directors with similar backgrounds against one another and let YOU, the commenters decide on who reigns supreme! For an overview of past fights and what’s coming up, click here .

What to Consider

Obviously, which director do you think is better than the other? But what film of theirs proves your point. Remember, it isn’t so much about which film made the most money or was a critical darling, but in your mind which director is better than the other in terms of style, risk, scope, etc.

How I Tally the Votes

I look at the comments posted (only first comments, no replies) to see who they picked. I don’t count comments that don’t give a clear answer on who they chose. If you want your comment to count make sure it is not a reply to someone else’s comment and has a clear definite winner.

Now on to today’s foreign director fighters: Akira Kurosawa and Yasujirō Ozu.


Akira Kurosawa

Date of Birth: March 23, 1910 (aged 88; died in 1998)

1940s Directorial Features: Sanshiro Sugata (1943), The Most Beautiful (1944), Sanshiro Sugata Part II (1945), The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail (1945), No Regrets for Our Youth (1946), One Wonderful Sunday (1947), Drunken Angel (1948), The Quiet Duel (1949), Stray Dog (1949)

1950s/1960s Directorial Features: Scandal (1950), Rashomon (1950), The Idiot (1951), Ikiru (1952), Seven Samurai (1954), I Live in Fear (1955), Throne of Blood (1957), The Lower Depths (1957), The Hidden Fortress (1958), The Bad Sleep Well (1960), Yojimbo (1961), Sanjuro (1962), High and Low (1963), Red Beard (1965)

1970s/1980s/1990s Directorial Features: Dodesukaden (1970), Dersu Uzala (1975), Kagemusha (1980), Ran (1985), Dreams (1990), Rhapsody in August (1991), Madadayo (1993)


Yasujirō Ozu

Date of Birth: December 12, 1903 (aged 60; died in 1963)

1920s/1930s Directorial Features (not lost): Student Romance: Days of Youth (1929), Walks Cheerfully (1930), I Flunked, But… (1930), That Night’s Wife (1930), The Lady and the Beard (1931), Tokyo Chorus (1931), I Was Born, But… (1932), Where Now Are the Dreams of Youth? (1932), Woman of Tokyo (1933), Dragnet Girl (1933), Passing Fancy (1933), A Mother Should Be Loved (1934), A Story of Floating Weeds (1934), An Inn in Tokyo (1935), The Only Son (1936), What Did the Lady Forget? (1937)

1940s/1950s/1960s Directorial Features: Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (1941), There Was a Father (1942), The Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947), A Hen in the Wind (1948), Late Spring (1949), The Munekata Sisters (1950), Early Summer (1951), The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice (1952), Tokyo Story (1953), Early Spring (1956), Tokyo Twilight (1957), Equinox Flower (1958), Good Morning (1959), Floating Weeds (1959), Late Autumn (1960), The End of Summer (1961), An Autumn Afternoon (1962)


Alright, FIGHT!