Yasujiro Ozu is regarded by many as the finest film director of all time. His films, which tend to portray the subtle conflict between traditional Japanese culture and contemporary modern values, are made in an elegant, restrained, formalist style that belie the emotional intensity they convey. 'Late Spring' (1949) is the moving story of a young woman, Noriko (Setsuko Hara), who sacrifices her independence to look after her ailing father. 'Early Summer' (1951) examines the changing attitudes to Japanese traditions, in the rebellion of a young woman (Setsuko Hara) from her arranged marriage. Finally, 'Tokyo Story' (1953), widely considered to be Ozu's masterpiece, tells a simple tale of inter-generational conflict. When an elderly married couple, Shukichi and Tomi Hirayama (Chishu Ryu and Chieko Higashiyama), visit their married children in the bustling metropolis of post-war Tokyo, they find themselves unwelcome and virtually unnoticed - until a tragedy befalls the family.