As seen in this brief interview, Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien regards Japanese master Yasujirō Ozu as a kind of cinematic mathematician whose depictions of his characters’ lives was born from a detached analysis and deep understanding of Japanese people. He also praises Ozu’s determination in exploring similar themes through various perspectives and contexts as well as his expression of many facets of the human condition, with the latter quality being one that Hou unfavorably compares himself to—although most of those familiar with Hou’s work would not deny his achievements in this regard (ones that considerably lighten the strength of such a humble pronouncement).