"Mr. Naruse lives on in people’s hearts through his works, and so he lives on in my heart today. Even during his lifetime we hardly ever met except when we were working together, and our conversations then were so infrequent I could almost tally them up. The result is that every once in a while I catch myself thinking, ‘My, but it’s been a long time since I’ve seen Mr. Naruse,’ as if it were still possible." — Hideko Takamine
"Naruse’s method consists of building one very brief shot on top of another, but when you look at them all spliced together in the final film, they give the impression of a single long take. The flow is so magnificent that the splices are invisible. This flow of short shots that looks calm and ordinary at first glance then reveals itself to be like a deep river with a quiet surface disguising a fast-raging current underneath. The sureness of his hand in this was without comparison." — Akira Kurosawa
"If [my characters] move even a little, they quickly hit the wall. From the youngest age, I have thought that the world we live in betrays us; this thought still remains with me."
August 20, 1905 — July 2, 1969