Ozu cared a great deal about visual style and made up the picture in his head before a shoot. Since composition was his foremost consideration, performances were required to fit into his compositional scheme.
Similarities … are many, and differences few in the extraordinarily limited world of the Ozu film. It is a small world, closed, governed by rules apparently inflexible, controlled by laws that are only to be deduced.
— Donald Richie, Ozu: His Life and Films