Tokyo story

Tokyo story

Blu-ray Disc - 1953 | Japanese
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"It is flawless and rewards numerous viewings."--Observer (UK)
A self-centered couple is inconvenienced by a parental visit. When the mother falls ill, her children hasten to be with her.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, c1953, 2013.
ISBN: 9781604657784
Branch Call Number: BLU-RAY FICTION TOK
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 136 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Ryu, Chisu
Hara, Setsuko

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lukasevansherman
Feb 20, 2017

"Isn't life disappointing?"
1953 film from the Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu that is often considered his greatest film. An elderly couple journeys to Tokyo to visit their children and grandchildren, who don't have much time for them and are constantly trying to pawn them off and cut corners. Only their widowed daughter-in-law offers kindness. Ozu and his cast find a deeply sympathetic, bittersweet tone that becomes more melancholy (and, eventually, heartbreaking) as the film progresses. If you've seen anything by Ozu, you know he works slowly and deliberately and lets his films unfold naturally and patiently. His co-writer was inspired by the equally bittersweet American film "Make Way for Tomorrow." As always, Criterion Collection gives it the deluxe treatment.

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gkong94402
Nov 15, 2014

The DVD features an audio commentary by the great Japanese film historian, Donald Richie, who was responsible for bringing post-war Japanese cinema to the attention of American audiences. If you re-watch this, as I have many many times, try it with his commentary on. It's like taking a seminar in film study, and you realize just how intentional Ozu is in composing his shots and scenes. Very little is left to chance.

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ncs1961
Jan 04, 2014

a slow quiet story for a long rainy afternoon. special features include documentaries & tributes to this much loved film maker.

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alpaca85
Dec 07, 2013

Not bad, but I found Ozu's aestetic boring and uninteresting. His attempts at creating a minimalistic atmosphere succeed, but fail in the way of creating an interesting movie. Not bad, but just not a type of film I enjoy.

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yumsushi
Nov 20, 2012

This movie can be watched in any time or age and it will always be relevant. Self absorbed and ungrateful children that mistreat their loving parents. It is only the kindness of one that is a non blood relative that makes the parents truly feel loved.

voisjoe1 Aug 03, 2012

Setsuko Hara, the great Japanese actress, treats a non-blood couple better with great love and respect, while the couple's children ignore them as they are too busy with their own lives. This is the same story as the American movie, Make Way for Tomorrow (this title kinda says, dump the elders as the present time is for the advancement of the younger people.) Chishu Ryu, the prolific Japanese actor, plays the old man of the disrespected couple. It is ironic, that after making many great movies, Hara simply quit and went back to a normal life of an anonymous small town lady.

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akirakato
Apr 15, 2011

I've viewed this film again, again, and again...Believe me that this one is one of the best Japanese movies. No wonder it's one of the world-famous films. You've gotta see it.

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