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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 »
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A cinema of tears See more (112 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 .... 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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Trivia:
American cinema expert Donald Richie took Satyajit Ray to see the film. Ray was overcome with emotion by the end.See more »
Quotes:
Kyoko:Isn't life disappointing?
Noriko:[smiles] Yes, it is.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Stranger Than Paradise (1984)See more »

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34 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
A cinema of tears, 8 April 2007
Author: GyatsoLa from Ireland

I can vividly remember the first time i saw this movie - it was during a festival of Japanese movies in an art house cinema here in Dublin. I must admit to never having heard of Ozu before, i went out of boredom and casual curiosity. I was embarrassed at the end to find myself in tears. I quickly wiped them away in that subtle way guys do when they don't want anyone to know, and got out to leave. What struck me was that even as the credits were finishing, I was one of the first to go. As i walked up the aisle I realized that most of the nearly full cinema was still sitting quietly, without the usual post movie chatter - and more than half of the audience had tears pouring down their faces. I have never, ever witnessed that in a cinema.

Since then, i've watched it on DVD, and had to think a lot about why such a simple movie is so powerful, and so many people rate it as one of the greatest ever. And why i find myself agreeing with that rating, i truly think it is in the top 10 ever made - certainly the top 5 of any I've seen. But its hard at first to know why. It doesn't have the greatest script of any movie, there are few things in it that are truly original. The acting is great, but not the greatest ever seen, and the technical qualities are just average. I've come to the conclusion that the reason for its greatness is that it comes closest to pure art in cinema. By pure art, i mean art that in its simplicity but technical genius still reveals deep truths about our lives. When i think about Tokyo Story I don't find myself comparing it to other movies, instead I think of a Rembrandt self portrait, a Vermeer painting, or my favourite short story, 'The Dead' by James Joyce. It is simple, unadorned, and deeply wise. I realise in writing this I'm rapidly approaching pseuds corner, but this is my genuine conclusion (writing as someone who is shamefully uneducated in most of the arts).

Of course there have been many great movies about families, about growing old, about the nature of life.... but I think somehow Ozu achieved a sort of perfection with Tokyo Story. Thats why its the only movie I would give a '10' to.

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