The credits indicate that the script was based on an original work by a foreign writer with a name that sounds like "Winzart Monet", but it is actually a gag name, derived from "without money". See more »
best work of realism, better than "Ladri di biciclette"
This film deals with an unemployed man and his two sons who rover through the industrial areas of Tokyo during the depression in the search for work.
After some bad luck the father is able to find a job but then the pity for a single mother and her sick little daughter makes him do something he should not have done.
This is the very simple story but this is not what makes the film a masterpiece. The great achievement is that Ozu shows how poverty affects the human mind. He depicts the fear and the feeling of senselessness in a way that nobody else has ever done. Many of the devices him employs are very imaginative. Many people might compare this film to de Sica's "Ladri di biciclette" which was made 12 years later. But without doing a disservice to de Sica's masterpiece: "Tokyo no yado" is the best film that was ever made about poverty and unemployment,
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