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.
As long as life goes on, relationships between parents and children will bring boundless joy and endless grief.
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Did You Know?
American cinema expert Donald Richie took Satyajit Ray
to see the film. Ray was overcome with emotion by the end. 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
[speaking to her little grandson Isamu
- What are you going to be when you grow up? A doctor like your father?
[Isamu doesn't answer and continues to pick grass
By the time you become a doctor, I wonder if I'll still be here.