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 busy, impatient children, the film deepens into an unbearably moving meditation on mortality. Written by
Did You Know?
For a film that sides with the parents, it's not so surprising to learn that 'Yasujiro Ozu' never married and lived dutifully with his mother all his life. See more
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
I'm surprised how children change. Shige used to be much nicer before. A married daughter is like a stranger.
Koichi has changed too. He used to be such a nice boy.
Children don't live up to their parents' expectations. Let's just be happy that they're better than most.
Referenced in Bento Monogatari