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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 »
Awards:
2 wins See more »
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Cast

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Chishû Ryû ... Shukishi 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 Osaka ... Keizo Hirayama
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 (as Fumio Toyama)
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
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Directed by
Yasujirô Ozu 
 
Writing credits
Kôgo Noda (scenario) and
Yasujirô Ozu (scenario)

Produced by
Takeshi Yamamoto .... producer
 
Original Music by
Takanobu Saito 
 
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 .... colorist
 
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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The banners featured in the film were painted by the director himself.See more »
Quotes:
Kyoko:Isn't life disappointing?
Noriko:[smiles] Yes, it is.
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65 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
The excuses we make to justify our neglect of others, 14 May 2002
Author: KFL from Bloomington, IN

An appreciation of this movie may demand some understanding of Japanese culture. The Japanese are rather reserved, and were even more reserved back in the early 1950's, when this film is set. No embracing, even of parents, children, siblings; no dramatic histrionics; even a death scene in this movie is much quieter than a Westerner might expect.

Consequently I can't really blame several reviewers here for calling this movie boring and slow-paced. But it is not at all slow-paced from a different cultural perspective. It just depends on what you're used to.

If you do take the time to watch and try to understand it, you'll find an engrossing analysis of the dynamic of a middle-class family, the rift that grows up between generations, and of the many excuses we find ourselves making to justify our neglect for others, even those dearest to us. These themes are universal, but are couched in a postwar Japanese idiom, and so probably less accessible to the average Western viewer.

I have wondered awhile about a speech at the end by Noriko, the widowed daughter-in-law, in which she denies that she's such a good person (though her actions in the movie indicate otherwise). I'm still not sure I understand her motives in saying this. For the most part, however, this movie will not leave you puzzled, but it may leave you a bit wiser, and a bit more reluctant to make those excuses.

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