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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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #217. 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
[saying good-bye at the train station
You were so nice to us, children. Now that we've seen you all, you need not come down, even if anything should happen to either one of us.
Don't talk like that. This isn't a farewell.
I mean it. We live too far away.
Referenced in Kazoku wa tsuraiyo