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Tokyo Story (1953)

Tôkyô monogatari (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 13 March 1972 (USA)
An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Shukichi Hirayama
Chieko Higashiyama ... Tomi Hirayama
... Noriko Hirayama
... Shige Kaneko
... Koichi Hirayama
... Fumiko Hirayama - his wife
... Kyôko Hirayama
... Sanpei Numata
Nobuo Nakamura ... Kurazo Kaneko
Shirô Ôsaka ... Keizo Hirayama
Hisao Toake ... Osamu Hattori
Teruko Nagaoka ... Yone Hattori
Mutsuko Sakura ... Oden-ya no onna
... Rinka no saikun (as Toyoko Takahashi)
Tôru Abe ... Tetsudou-shokuin
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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. Written by Paul Watabe

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Shige Kaneko: [Tomi and Shukichi enter the hair salon] Why, you're back so soon. You should have stayed longer!
Tomi Hirayama: [as she passes Shige teasing a customer's hair] We're home.
Hair salon customer: Who are they?
Shige Kaneko: Oh, just friends from the country.
[looks after Tomi and Shukichi with disdain]
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Extraordinary Portrayal of Real Life
14 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

A fantastic film that belies the simplicity of its plot, Tokyo Story is the tale of a vacation gone sadly awry, with an elderly man and woman visiting from the countryside pushed to the sidelines by their busy children in the city. The younger generation (and by extension the "new" Japan) turns its back on the family from which it arose- because of selfishness, because of necessity, or because it's simply the way of the world. The movie provides no easy answers- its melancholy ambiguity is part of its charm. Whatever the case, Ozu delights in portraying the details of everyday life. The emotional resonances of this movie are extraordinary, and some shots (a child picking flowers, an old couple framed by the sea, a woman sitting forlornly at her work desk) are enough to give a sensitive film-goer the shivers. Despite the testimony of some critics, the film is not totally devoid of melodramatic elements (some stock characters and cloying musical motifs spring readily to mind), but the film is founded upon such an obvious love and respect for the importance of real-world interactions that it's hard not to be anything other than enthralled by it.


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