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?
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
Mama, you've grown taller.
Don't be silly. How could I have grown?
But you have, and you're even fatter.
[turns to Noriko
She was so big when I was little that I used to feel ashamed in front of my friends. Once in school, a chair broke under her.
Oh, that chair was already broken.
She still thinks that.
Remade as Tôkyô kazoku