An elderly couple journey to Tokyo to visit their children and are confronted by indifference, ingratitude and selfishness. When the parents are packed off to a resort by their busy, impatient children, the film deepens into an unbearably moving meditation on mortality.
In the daily lives of ordinary people, a sense of deep affection wells up.
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Did You Know?
Although made in the early 50s alongside many other Japanese films now considered classics - Rashômon
(1953) and Gate of Hell
(1953) - this didn't receive US release until 1964, by which time 'Yasujiro Ozu' was already dead. See more
At timer mark 1:45:46, when the children are visiting their mother at home and leave the room to talk with the father in an adjoining room, just as they sit on the floor, you see the shadow of the boom-mic just drop into the scene and back out again, just over the sons head on the top right of the screen. This shadow is well into the frame against the edge of what appears to be a bookshelf and should not be considered a masking mistake of the projectionist. See more
[Tomi and Shukichi enter the hair salon
Why, you're back so soon. You should have stayed longer!
[as she passes Shige teasing a customer's hair
Hair salon customer
Who are they?
Oh, just friends from the country.
[looks after Tomi and Shukichi with disdain