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An Inn in Tokyo (1935)

Tôkyô no yado (original title)
Unemployed Kihachi and his two sons struggle to make ends meet. But that doesn't keep Kihachi from wooing single mother Otaka.

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Yasujirô Ozu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Kihachi
Yoshiko Okada Yoshiko Okada ... Otaka
Chôko Iida ... Otsune
Tomio Aoki Tomio Aoki ... Zenko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kazuko Ojima Kazuko Ojima ... Kuniko
Chishû Ryû ... Police man
Takayuki Suematsu Takayuki Suematsu ... Masako
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Storyline

Unemployed Kihachi and his two sons struggle to make ends meet. But that doesn't keep Kihachi from wooing single mother Otaka.

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Country:

Japan

Release Date:

21 November 1935 (Japan) See more »

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An Inn in Tokyo See more »

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Shochiku See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This movie is one of the last prewar films featuring the actress Yoshiko Okada. In addition to Yasujirô Ozu, with whom she made three films, Okada acted in important films with Mikio Naruse, Hiroshi Shimizu and Yasujirô Shimazu. A theater as well as film actress, Okada fell in love with a well-known stage director, the Communist Ryokichi Sugimoto, though both were married to other partners, at a time when Japan was becoming increasing fascist. In early January, 1938, the pair somehow managed to enter the Soviet Union together, seeking political and artistic freedom. Unfortunately, their arrival coincided with a government crackdown on Japanese nationals living in the USSR, even those who professed to be leftists. Both Okada and Sugimoto were captured and tortured. He was then executed and she was sent to a gulag for 10 years. Upon release, she survived partly through translation work. She was eventually allowed to direct theater again, and in 1962, she even co-directed a Soviet film, 10000 malchikov (1962) (with Boris Buneev). In the mid-1970s, Okada, now in her seventies, was allowed to return to Japan, where she resumed her career as an elderly character actress. In the mid-1980s, during the time of perestroika, she returned to the Soviet Union, and died there at the age of 89 in 1992. See more »

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best work of realism, better than "Ladri di biciclette"
12 January 2000 | by maerteSee all my reviews

This film deals with an unemployed man and his two sons who rover through the industrial areas of Tokyo during the depression in the search for work.

After some bad luck the father is able to find a job but then the pity for a single mother and her sick little daughter makes him do something he should not have done.

This is the very simple story but this is not what makes the film a masterpiece. The great achievement is that Ozu shows how poverty affects the human mind. He depicts the fear and the feeling of senselessness in a way that nobody else has ever done. Many of the devices him employs are very imaginative. Many people might compare this film to de Sica's "Ladri di biciclette" which was made 12 years later. But without doing a disservice to de Sica's masterpiece: "Tokyo no yado" is the best film that was ever made about poverty and unemployment,


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