Who’s the Better Director? Yasujirō Ozu or John Woo

Welcome to round two of Face/Off! For the next 12 weeks we will be pitting two directors who won their round one matches against each other and letting YOU, the commenters, decide on who reigns supreme!

You have to decide which director is better than the other? Various factors could play into your decision from who takes the biggest risks to who has the more distinctive style. Remember, it isn’t so much about which director has made the most money at the box office or won the most awards, but, in your mind, which director simply makes better films.

Let’s analyze the filmography of today’s challengers.


Yasujirō Ozu

1920s & 1930s Silent Directorial Features: Student Romance: Days of Youth (1929), Walk 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)

1930s & 1940s Sound Directorial Features: The Only Son (1936), What Did the Lady Forget? (1937), 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)

1950s & 1960s Sound Directorial Features: 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)


John Woo

1960s & 1970s Directorial Features: Dead Knot (1968), Ouran (1968), The Young Dragons (1974), The Dragon Tamers (1975), Princess Chang Ping (1976), Hand of Death (1976), Money Crazy (1977), Hello, Late Homecomers (1978), Follow the Star (1978), Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979)

1980s Directorial Features: From Riches to Rags (1980), To Hell with the Devil (1981), Laughing Times (1981), Plain Jane to the Rescue (1982), The Time You Need a Friend (1984), Run, Tiger, Run (1985), Heroes Shed No Tears (1986), A Better Tomorrow (1986), A Better Tomorrow II (1987), The Killer (1989), Just Heroes (1989)

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: Bullet in the Head (1990), Once a Thief (1991), Hard Boiled (1992), Hard Target (1993), Broken Arrow (1996), Face/Off (1997), Mission: Impossible 2 (2000), Windtalkers (2002), Paycheck (2003), Red Cliff: Part I (2008), Red Cliff: Part II (2009), Reign of Assassins (2010), The Crossing (2014), The Crossing: Part II (2015), Manhunt (2017)


Only one can move on to the Battle Royale. Let the Face/Off begin!

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Face/Off: Ozu vs. Woo

Who's the better director?


Discuss in the comments below your favorite films from each director and who should advance to the next round.

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Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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