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Tokyo Chorus (1931)

Tôkyô no kôrasu (original title)
A married Tokyo man faces unemployment after standing up for an older colleague.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

Writers:

Komatsu Kitamura (original story), Kôgo Noda (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tokihiko Okada Tokihiko Okada ... Shinji Okajima
Emiko Yagumo Emiko Yagumo ... Tsuma Sugako (His wife)
Hideo Sugawara Hideo Sugawara ... Sono Chounan (First Son)
Hideko Takamine ... Sono Choujo (First Daughter)
Tatsuo Saitô Tatsuo Saitô ... Omura Sensei (Teacher)
Chôko Iida ... Sensei no tusma (Mrs. Omura)
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Rou-Shain Yamada (Old employee)
Reikô Tani Reikô Tani ... Shachou (Company President)
Ken'ichi Miyajima Ken'ichi Miyajima ... Hisho (Secretary)
Isamu Yamaguchi Isamu Yamaguchi ... Kaisha no Douryou (An Employee)
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Storyline

Mr. Omura, a teacher, leads a group of male students in an outdoor drill. One slight, comic young man, Shinji Okajima, has no shirt under his jacket; he scratches at fleas and makes faces behind Omura's back. Jump ahead several years, Shinji is married with three children. He sells insurance, and on the company's annual bonus day, he protests when an older worker is fired. Shinji loses his own job as a result, and he and his wife must find ways to cope. Lassitude, pride, the demands and needs of young children, and relationships from bygone school days all play a part in the outcome of their struggle. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Release Date:

December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tokyo Chorus See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku Kinema See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the top 10 of Kinema Junpo's Top Japanese Movies of 1931. See more »

Quotes

Shinji Okajima: A drowning man will clutch at straws.
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Referenced in I Lived, But... (1983) See more »

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Early Ozu. Seems Very Current
8 January 2011 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

An insurance man promises to buy his son a bicycle since it is the day he would get his bonus (the beginning sequence of him being kind of a loser in army drills is funny). A colleague gets fired nd the man sticks up for him nd gets fired also. His son is angry because he can't buy the bicycle. What follows is Ozu at his best: Taking a small situation and making it compelling. There is drama but also some slapstick in this film (and, in the role of the young daughter, the eventual wonderful actress Hideko Takamine) and it works because the story seems so close to home. There are lots of family moments, and your wish throughout the film is that everything will be all right (watch to find if it will be). Not a great film, but well worth your time. Ozu's next film was the excellent "I Was Born, But", and you can get them both on the box set "Silent Ozu", which have English subtitles. Recommended.


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