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Tokyo Story (1953)

Tôkyô monogatari (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 13 March 1972 (USA)
An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.

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Cast

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Tomi Hirayama
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Noriko Hirayama
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Shige Kaneko
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Koichi Hirayama
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Fumiko Hirayama - his wife
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Kyôko Hirayama
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Sanpei Numata
Nobuo Nakamura ...
Kurazo Kaneko
Shirô Ôsaka ...
Keizo Hirayama (as Shirô Osaka)
Hisao Toake ...
Osamu Hattori
Teruko Nagaoka ...
Yone Hattori
Mutsuko Sakura ...
Oden-ya no onna
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Rinka no saikun (as Toyoko Takahashi)
Tôru Abe ...
Tetsudou-shokuin
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Storyline

An elderly couple journey to Tokyo to visit their children and are confronted by indifference, ingratitude and selfishness. When the parents are packed off to a resort by their impatient children, the film deepens into an unbearably moving meditation on mortality. Written by Paul Watabe

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although made in the early 50s alongside many other Japanese films now considered classics - Rashômon (1950), Ugetsu (1953) and Gate of Hell (1953) - this didn't receive US release until 1964, by which time 'Yasujiro Ozu' was already dead. See more »

Goofs

At timer mark 1:45:46, when the children are visiting their mother at home and leave the room to talk with the father in an adjoining room, just as they sit on the floor, you see the shadow of the boom-mic just drop into the scene and back out again, just over the sons head on the top right of the screen. This shadow is well into the frame against the edge of what appears to be a bookshelf and should not be considered a masking mistake of the projectionist. See more »

Quotes

Shukichi Hirayama: This place is for the younger generation.
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Connections

Referenced in Weakest link: Hitori gachi no hôsoku: Episode #1.3 (2002) See more »

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"Isn't Life Depressing?"
8 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two women are sitting on tatami mats. They are smiling and talking. One of

them says, "Isn't life depressing?" Wow... that pretty much says it.

Tokyo Story is defenitely one of the finest movies ever made. Easy. I don't care what anyone says: slow or not, this is one of Ozu's finest films. Very few movies have made my cry, but I did indeed weep at this movie. All of the acting

performances are very believeable, especially Hara's. The interesting knee- level tatami cinematography suits the film perfectly. Even the music is

impeccable.

What really gets me with Tokyo Story is how stunningly realistic it is. From the dialogue to the story, everything feels like real life. No matter what language you speak, what culture or country you hail from, this element is universal.

It's pretty much perfect... every character is fleshed out, there are no plot holes left open... I can't find anything to complain about it! 50 years after its release and it's still very contemporary... damn.

I give it **** out of ****.


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