Personal intersections: Ozu, Berkeley, and Freebase

One of the wonderful aspects of living part of the time around Berkeley is having access to such events as a next week’s symposium dedicated to the work of Japanese director Yasujirō Ozu.  Years ago, it was the Pacific Film Archives (which is involved in this symposium) that introduced me to the work of Ozu.  Even though I won’t be able to spend much time at the symposium, it serves as an occasion to revisit the filmmaker’s work, which touched me deeply by its portrayal of family relations.  I’ll start by watching again his most famous film Tokyo Story, which is conveniently available to be streamed to my computer via Netflix.   I’m also taking this as a chance to explore the coverage of Ozu’s films in Freebase (roughly speaking, a Wikipedia of facts in database form). As a fan of Ozu and Freebase, it’s natural for me to verify whether film is indeed one of Freebase’s strengths.  (It’s a promising sign that Freebase lists 26 films to Ozu’s credit.)