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" As a son and as a father, there are still various things that I haven't done as well as I should have - that's my dilemma and regret. "
" I don't really like something serious depicted in a serious way; that's not my style. "
" We learn many things from children, always. "
" My mother was really against it when I said I wanted to make films. She said that I should be a civil servant because that was safe, and it had security. But my mother was always very proud of my movies and would give videocassettes of them to all the neighbours. "
" 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. "
" 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 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've been a fan of Yoshida Akimi's manga for a long time; she's one of a few women's manga writers that I always read. "
" When I choose child actors, I chose them for their personalities. And then I work with their own vocabulary, so I'm not imposing text or dialogue on them: I'm just receiving. "
" I'm so entranced by what unfolds in front of the camera. It seems wonderfully out of my control. "
" 'Like Father, Like Son' gave me the opportunity to show when it is not good with a father. "
" Maybe family is an eternal subject for me. "
" 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. "
" I particularly relate to the films of Mikio Naruse and Shinichi Kamoshita, a person whose work I watched very much as a child, a director of family dramas for television. "
" I'm less interested in death itself than in people whose lives are touched by it. "
" I never want to be the all-knowing god of the story, manipulating what's to happen or the action. "
" 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. "
" The vividness of children is easier to see when they're completely left to their own devices. "
" Fast cutting, loud music, blood spewing everywhere, and gunshots permeating the scenes does not necessarily make for a shocking movie. "
" It is righteous to receive state subsidies to make films that criticise the state - I want Japanese people to accept such European values. "
" I have been told that... time doesn't flow in a straight line in my films. It goes round in a circle. Sometimes people comment that the films remind them of Ozu. Maybe that's right. But in Japan, nobody comments on how time passes in my films. So perhaps that is a different way of thinking. "
" I am very happy that Japanese film can cross borders. "
" When I make films, I don't think of any other directors or their work in terms of the rhythm of the editing or the tenor of the performances. "
" When I watch an actress say a line, I watch how they deliver the lines with gestures. "
" When I have been told that my films remind people of Ozu, I have never been too convinced. "
" Privacy is not really a concept in Japan. "
" There was a time when I thought Kim Novak was the sexiest woman in the world. "
" Hardly anyone says anything real in the courtroom. Almost everything is decided ahead of time, and the truth is found behind the scenes. "
" When making documentaries, the most important thing I learned was to listen, observe gestures and facial expressions. "
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" When I was 27, I won an honorable mention in a scriptwriting contest and got a television job as an assistant director. "
" If my films did better at the box office in Japan, it would be easier to get them made. "