Tokyo Story ()

Tôkyô monogatari (original title)
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An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city, but receive little attention.


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Shukichi Hirayama
Tomi Hirayama
Noriko Hirayama
Shige Kaneko
Koichi Hirayama
Fumiko Hirayama - his wife
Kyôko Hirayama
Sanpei Numata
Kurazo Kaneko
Shirô Ôsaka ...
Keizo Hirayama
Hisao Toake ...
Osamu Hattori
Yone Hattori
Mutsuko Sakura ...
Oden-ya no onna
Rinka no saikun (as Toyoko Takahashi)
Sachiko Mitani ...
Aparto no onna
Zen Murase ...
Minoru Hirayama - Koichi's son
Mitsuhiro Môri ...
Isamu Hirayama - Koichi's son
Junko Anan ...
Biyouin no joshu
Ryôko Mizuki ...
Biyouin no kyaku
Yoshiko Togawa ...
Biyouin no kyaku
Kazuhiro Itokawa ...
Geshuku no seinen
Fumio Tooyama ...
Kanka no otoko
Keijirô Morozumi ...
Tsutomu Niijima ...
Noriko's office boss
Shôzô Suzuki ...
Yoshiko Tashiro ...
Ryokan no jochuu
Haruko Chichibu ...
Ryokan no jochuu
Takashi Miki ...
Binnosuke Nagao ...
Onomichi no ishi

Directed by

Yasujirô Ozu

Written by

Kôgo Noda ... (scenario) and
Yasujirô Ozu ... (scenario)

Produced by

Takeshi Yamamoto ... producer

Music by

Takanobu Saitô

Cinematography by

Yûharu Atsuta

Film Editing by

Yoshiyasu Hamamura

Editorial Department

Ryûji Hayashi ... film development

Production Design by

Tatsuo Hamada

Art Direction by

Tatsuo Hamada

Costume Design by

Taizô Saitô

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Osamu Takahashi ... assistant director
Kouzou Yamamoto ... assistant director
Shôhei Imamura ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Setsutarô Moriya ... set dresser
Toshio Takahashi ... set designer

Sound Department

Yoshiomi Hori ... sound assistant
Mitsuru Kaneko ... sound engineer
Yoshisaburô Senoo ... sound

Camera and Electrical Department

Takashi Kawamata ... assistant camera
Itsuo Takashita ... lighting technician
Takeshi Yakuwa ... lighting assistant

Script and Continuity Department

Tomiji Shimizu ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

Don Brown ... english subtitle translation
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

Elderly couple Shukishi and Tomi Hirayama live in the small coastal village of Onomichi, Japan with their youngest daughter, schoolteacher Kyoko Hirayama. Their other three surviving adult children, who they have not seen in quite some time, live either in Tokyo or Osaka. As such, Shukishi and Tomi make the unilateral decision to have an extended visit in Tokyo with their children, pediatrician Koichi Hirayama and beautician Shige Kaneko, and their respective families (which includes two grandchildren). In transit, they make an unexpected stop in Osaka and stay with their other son, Keiso Hirayama. All of their children treat the visit more as an obligation than a want, each trying to figure out what to do with their parents while they continue on with their own daily lives. At one point, they even decide to ship their parents off to an inexpensive resort at Atami Hot Springs rather than spend time with them. The only offspring who makes a concerted effort on this trip is Noriko Hirayama, their widowed daughter-in-law, whose husband, Shoji Hirayama, was killed eight years earlier in the war. Following the vacation, each child comes to some conclusion of their general behavior toward their parents, not only on this trip but throughout their entire adult lives. For some, this realization may come too late. Written by Huggo

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Taglines As long as life goes on, relationships between parents and children will bring boundless joy and endless grief. See more »
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Also Known As
  • 東京物語 (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Tokyo Story (Philippines, English title)
  • Tokyo Story (United States)
  • Tokyo Story (India, English title)
  • Their First Trip to Tokyo (World-wide, English title)
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  • 136 min
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Trivia The film is notable for its use of the "tatami-mat" shot, in which the camera height is low and remains largely static throughout. See more »
Goofs (At around 1hr 45 mins) 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, the shadow of the boom-mic can be seen to drop into the scene and back out again, just over the son's 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Tokyo-Ga (1985). See more »
Quotes Kyoko: [after the rest of the family had left] I think they should have stayed a bit longer.
Noriko: But they're busy.
Kyoko: They're selfish. Demanding things and leaving like this.
Noriko: They have their own affairs.
Kyoko: But you have yours too. They're selfish.
Noriko: But Kyoko...
Kyoko: Wanting her clothes right after her death. I felt so sorry for poor mother. Even strangers would have been more considerate!
Noriko: But look Kyoko. At your age I thought so too. But children do drift away from their parents. A woman has her own life, apart from her parents, when she becomes Shige's age. She meant no harm I'm sure. They have to look after their own lives.
Kyoko: I wonder: I won't ever be like that. Then what's the point of family?
Noriko: But children become like that, gradually.
Kyoko: Then... you, too?
Noriko: I may become like that in spite of myself.
Kyoko: Isn't life disappointing?
Noriko: Yes, it is.
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