Yasujirō Ozu

Watch his films such as Equinox Flower, Late Spring, Early Summer, The End of Summer, An Autumn Afternoon, and countless others to witness Ozu's paean to the pastoral beauty of the ever-changing seasons. The great director's films are devoid of every imaginable cliché; he populates them with genteel people whose grace and serenity, played out against the backdrop of "modern life," shines like a beacon on a bay of daily confusion and intense globalization. If anything, Ozu's films are like an Impressionist canvas: soothing, magnificent in the subtlest of ways, profound, and exquisitely humane. His films speak of lives lived simply but triumphantly.