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Tokyo Story -- Elderly couple travel to Tokyo to visit their son and daughter, and are confronted by indifference, ingratitude and selfishness.

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Director:
Writers:
Kôgo Noda (scenario) and
Yasujirô Ozu (scenario)
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Release Date:
13 March 1972 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins See more »
User Reviews:
beautiful meditation on old age and family; simple and moving See more (116 total) »

Cast

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Chishû Ryû ... Shukichi Hirayama
Chieko Higashiyama ... Tomi Hirayama

Setsuko Hara ... Noriko Hirayama
Haruko Sugimura ... Shige Kaneko

Sô Yamamura ... Koichi Hirayama
Kuniko Miyake ... Fumiko Hirayama - his wife
Kyôko Kagawa ... Kyôko Hirayama
Eijirô Tôno ... 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
Toyo Takahashi ... Rinka no saikun (as Toyoko Takahashi)
Tôru Abe ... Tetsudou-shokuin
Sachiko Mitani ... Aparto no onna
Zen Murase ... Minoru Hirayama - Koichi's son
Mitsuhiro Môri ... Isamu Hirayama - Koichi's son
Junko Anan ... Biyouin no joshu
Ryôko Mizuki ... Biyouin no kyaku
Yoshiko Togawa ... Biyouin no kyaku
Kazuhiro Itokawa ... Geshuku no seinen
Fumio Tooyama ... Kanka no otoko
Keijirô Morozumi ... Junsa
Tsutomu Nijima ... Noriko's office boss
Shôzô Suzuki ... Jimuin
Yoshiko Tashiro ... Ryokan no jochuu
Haruko Chichibu ... Ryokan no jochuu
Takashi Miki ... Tuyauta-shi
Binnosuke Nagao ... Onomichi no ishi

Directed by
Yasujirô Ozu 
 
Writing credits
Kôgo Noda (scenario) and
Yasujirô Ozu (scenario)

Produced by
Takeshi Yamamoto .... producer
 
Original Music by
Takanobu Saitô 
 
Cinematography by
Yûharu Atsuta 
 
Film Editing by
Yoshiyasu Hamamura 
 
Production Design by
Tatsuo Hamada 
 
Art Direction by
Tatsuo Hamada 
 
Costume Design by
Taizô Saitô 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Osamu Takahashi .... assistant director
Kouzou Yamamoto .... assistant director
Shôhei Imamura .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Setsutarô Moriya .... set dresser
Toshio Takahashi .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Yoshiomi Hori .... sound assistant
Mitsuru Kaneko .... sound engineer
Yoshisaburô Senoo .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Takashi Kawamata .... assistant camera
Itsuo Takashita .... lighting technician
Takeshi Yakuwa .... lighting assistant
 
Editorial Department
Ryûji Hayashi .... film development
 
Other crew
Tomiji Shimizu .... script supervisor
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tôkyô monogatari" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
136 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
American cinema expert Donald Richie took Satyajit Ray to see the film. Ray was overcome with emotion by the end.See more »
Quotes:
[as children get older, they drift away from their parents] See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Santiago (2007)See more »

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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
beautiful meditation on old age and family; simple and moving, 17 June 2002
Author: bobbie-16 from alphaville

I can't take my mind off this movie. The story is both universally human (old age, the end of life, parents and children) and specifically Japanese. The movie tells the viewer so much about Japanese middle class life in the 1950s: eating and sleeping; mourning the war dead; clothes and home furnishings; spoiled kids; a doctor's office; a schoolroom; life in Tokyo and small towns; how family members talk to each other; old men's drinking habits; a resort hotel. But while we see all these details of a real time and place, we are constantly drawn into reflection on the meaning of human life and relationships. The reflection emerges effortlessly from the simple narrative and the specifics. The director never annoyingly tells us how to feel, he is not preaching and not drawing attention to himself. (There is none of that "hey, I'm making a moving movie" crud that you get in Hollywood treatment of these topics). He just lets the story unfold in a quiet, natural way. It's not for folks who only like "action" movies. I put "action" in quotes because this movie is about the real action in life--enjoying life, sharing it with others, facing the end of it.

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