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December 1982 (USA) See more »
A married Tokyo man faces unemployment after standing up for an older colleague. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Tokihiko Okada ... Shinji Okajima
Emiko Yagumo ... Tsuma Sugako (His wife)
Hideo Sugawara ... Sono Chounan (First Son)

Hideko Takamine ... Sono Choujo (First Daughter)
Tatsuo Saitô ... Omura Sensei (Teacher)
Chôko Iida ... Sensei no tusma (Mrs. Omura)

Takeshi Sakamoto ... Rou-Shain Yamada (Old employee)
Reikô Tani ... Shachou (Company President)
Ken'ichi Miyajima ... Hisho (Secretary)
Isamu Yamaguchi ... Kaisha no Douryou (An Employee)

Directed by
Yasujirô Ozu 
Writing credits
Komatsu Kitamura (original story) and
Kôgo Noda (original story)

Kôgo Noda (screenplay)

Cinematography by
Hideo Shigehara 
Film Editing by
Hideo Shigehara 
Set Decoration by
Minzô Kakuta 
Tsunetarô Kawasaki 
Beijiro Tanaka 
Yonekazu Wakita 
Costume Design by
Kô Saitô  (as Kurenai Saitou)
Makeup Department
Iyono Kikuchi .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenkichi Hara .... assistant director
Akira Kiyosuke .... assistant director
Hamao Negishi .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
Yûharu Atsuta .... assistant camera (as Yuuji Atsuta)
Eijirô Fujita .... assistant camera
Minoru Kuribayashi .... assistant camera (as Kuri Hayashi)
Toshimitsu Nakajima .... lighting engineer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kô Saitô .... wardrobe
Other crew
Tomoo Shiga .... titles

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tôkyô no kôrasu" - Japan (original title)
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USA:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Shinji Okajima:Business is slow. We'll be lucky to get a month's pay.
Tsuma Sugako (His wife):Even a month's pay would be 120 yen.
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Referenced in I Lived, But... (1983)See more »


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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Ozu's economic exploration of the Depression, 16 January 2005
Author: agorelik from Chicago, IL

In "Tokyo Chorus", Ozu interplays two major of his long-standing themes - economic status and the everyday realities of family life.

The plot is simple (warning, spoilers): A young salary-man loses his white-collar insurance job trying to cover for an aging colleague. Unfortunately, it is 1931 and the Great Depression means few other employment opportunities. He has difficulty covering the expenses of his family. After misadventures, he runs into his former professor-now-health-food-café-owner who promises him aid if the young man assists him with the café. Part of that assistance is handing out handbills in the street, a major loss of economic and personal status. Unfortunately, his wife sees him and is greatly shamed by the family's loss of status. Gradually, she accepts the need for sacrifice and also begins to assist in the café. During the large opening banquet at the café (guaranting it's success), the old professor receives word that the young man has been offered a teaching post, albeit one in a small and distant town. The movie ends on this hopeful yet downbeat note.

Ozu does not hesitate to attempt to show us the realities of Great Depression unemployment. Indeed, he is more truthful than any comparable American movie of that time or ours. Ozu is willing to attempt to dig into the nexus between employment, self-identity and status that is prevalent throughout capitalist economies. This was his primary theme at the beginning of the Depression, in this movie along with his early masterpiece "I Was Born, But..." and "Where Now are the Dreams of Youth?" and "Passing Fancy". In addition, Ozu also flexes his unparalleled ability with family scenes. Excellent performances from Ozu regulars Tokihiko Okada, Emiko Yagumo, Tatsuo Saito, as well as a winning child performance from future star Hideko Takamine. Watch out for the world's cutest fat baby!

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