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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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Things are the way that they are and it is perfect See more (105 total) »

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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1.37 : 1 See more »
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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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44 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Things are the way that they are and it is perfect, 21 April 2003
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Ozu's Tokyo Story is a serene and contemplative look at the breakdown in the relationship between grown children and their elderly parents shortly after World War II. The film concerns itself with problems many of us must face: the struggle to maintain a self-fulfilling life independent of parental expectations, the changes in relationships wrought by time, and the inevitability of separation and loss. Ozu does not point the finger at either parents or children but, like many of his films, offers a thoughtful meditation on the transitory nature of life.

As the film opens, we see an empty street, empty train tracks and an empty pier, perhaps an early indicator of the sense of loss that pervades the film. An elderly father, Shukishi Hirayama (Chishu Ryu) and his wife Tomi (Chieko Higashiyama) are preparing to travel by train to visit their children in Tokyo. When they arrive, they are met with indifference by daughter Shige (Haruko Sugimura), their grandchildren Minoru (Zen Murase) and Isamu (Mitsuhiro Mori), and son Koichi (So Yamamura), a Tokyo pediatrician. When Koichi is called to visit a patient and Shige cannot leave her beauty salon, the Harayamas postpone a sightseeing trip and start to complain that they expected the children would be living in more comfortable circumstances. Their widowed daughter-in-law Noriko (Setsuko Hara), however, welcomes them warmly and gives them the experience of being appreciated.

To give themselves some breathing room, the children pool their resources and send their parents to Atami, a health spa. Their visit, however, is cut short when the noise and crowds make going home seem like a better alternative. When they get back to Tokyo, Shige tells them she has a meeting scheduled at her house and Tomi decides to spend the night with Noriko. Shukishi, in a very humorous scene, goes out drinking with old friends and shows up late at night at Shige's house completely drunk. When the elderly parents return to Onomichi, the mother suddenly becomes very ill and the entire family, including youngest son Keizo from Osaka, must come and visit them. The moment of epiphany comes when the youngest daughter Kyoko (Kyoko Kagawa) asks Noriko whether or not life is disappointing. Her answer mirrors Ozu's concept of mono no aware, that we cannot avoid the sadness of life, but her beaming face tells us that things are just the way that they are and that it is perfect.

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