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" A lot of people, especially Japanese, come to the theater to have a good cry. "
" Hardly anyone says anything real in the courtroom. Almost everything is decided ahead of time, and the truth is found behind the scenes. "
" The children in 'Nobody Knows' had a resonance with me. The children are projections of myself. "
" When you make a documentary, you have to adapt to what reality imposes upon you. "
" It's definitely good to have a hit from time to time, though not too often. If you have a few hits in a row, people start to think every film you make will be a hit, which is a big mistake. "
" We used to have prawn tempura: that was my mother's favourite dish. But she had to go out to work instead of my father, so she couldn't find the time to cook nice meals. So we ate more modern food: a lot of frozen and instant food. But I never complained about it to my mother. "
" 'Like Father, Like Son' gave me the opportunity to show when it is not good with a father. "
" I wanted to make 'Nobody Knows,' a kind of summation of the experiences I gained from making my first three films, the good ones as well as the bad ones. "
" I'm less interested in death itself than in people whose lives are touched by it. "
" I have never made a film to praise or to criticize something. That kind of filmmaking is nothing but propaganda. "
" I am hopeful that films can connect people who are in conflict in a separated world. "
" We learn many things from children, always. "
" I believe that any auteur categorised in terms of an -ist or an -ism wouldn't be able to capture the complex essence of human nature. "
" Directing while overcoming differences of language and culture is a stimulating challenge. "
" There's a difference between people being free and the atmosphere of 'freedom.' "
" Maybe family is an eternal subject for me. "
" All my mother ever wanted to talk about was what she hated about my father and the times he cheated on her when he was younger. It really irritated me, and I told them they had to sort things out between themselves. Looking back on that, I see that it was really cold of me as a son. "
" You only get back what you are prepared to put in. "
" My mother loved films! She adored Ingrid Bergman, Joan Fontaine, Vivien Leigh. We couldn't afford to go together to the cinema, but she was always watching their movies on TV. "
" When I have been told that my films remind people of Ozu, I have never been too convinced. "
" I watch 'Electronic Boy' faithfully every week - not because I like the show but because I'm interested in where the smartest T.V. producers and directors are going, what direction they are headed in. "
" Privacy is not really a concept in Japan. "
" In the eighties, there was a huge shift in the humor of Japanese television. Up until then, the humor was garnered by people who said humorous things, but in the '80s, it was garnered by people who were being laughed at while the audience watches and watches. "
" The vividness of children is easier to see when they're completely left to their own devices. "
" A film is not a vehicle to accuse, or to relay a specific message. If we reduce a film to this, we lose all hope for cinema to ignite a richer conversation. "
" I am very happy that Japanese film can cross borders. "
" Tokyo is wonderful for distribution of international films, a lot of Iranian films, Taiwanese films. But most of the art films are from Europe and Asia. "
" When making documentaries, the most important thing I learned was to listen, observe gestures and facial expressions. "
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" My grandfather had Alzheimer's. He would eat everything and anything that was around; then he wouldn't remember that he ate it and would demand to be fed again. "
" I don't really like something serious depicted in a serious way; that's not my style. "
" With 'Nobody Knows,' I consciously set out to make a fiction film, which is a different approach from 'Distance,' but I still applied a lot of the things I learned from making 'Distance': for example, how to use the camera in relation to the children and how to create the right atmosphere on set. "