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Tôkyô kazoku (2013)

In this update of Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story", a retired schoolteacher and his wife visit their three working children in modern-day Tokyo.

Director:

Yôji Yamada

Writers:

Yôji Yamada (screenplay), Emiko Hiramatsu (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isao Hashizume Isao Hashizume ... Shukichi Hirayama
Kazuko Yoshiyuki Kazuko Yoshiyuki ... Tomiko Hirayama
Masahiko Nishimura ... Koichi Hirayama
Yui Natsukawa Yui Natsukawa ... Fumiko Hirayama
Tomoko Nakajima Tomoko Nakajima ... Shigeko, the first daughter
Shôzô Hayashiya Shôzô Hayashiya ... Kozo Kanai
Satoshi Tsumabuki ... Masatsugu
Yû Aoi ... Noriko Mamiya
Nenji Kobayashi Nenji Kobayashi ... Shukichi's old friend
Jun Fubuki Jun Fubuki ... Woman at the bar
Narumi Kayashima Narumi Kayashima ... Kyoko Hattori, Widow of Shukichi's friend
Ryûichirô Shibata Ryûichirô Shibata ... Minoru Hirayama
Ayumu Maruyama Ayumu Maruyama ... Isamu Hirayama
Chika Arakawa Chika Arakawa ... Yuki
Mai Nishida Mai Nishida
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Storyline

An old married couple Shukichi Hirayama and Tomiko live on a small island in the Inland Sea. They go to Tokyo. The couple have 3 children. The eldest son Koichi runs a hospital. The first daughter Shigeko runs a beauty salon. The second son Shuji works in stage art. The families ask the parents to take a rest in Tokyo, but the parents do not like staying in Tokyo. One day, Tomiko visits Shuji's apartment. There, Tomiko is introduced to Shuji's fiancé Noriko, but Tomiko collapses at Koichi's house. Written by anonymous

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Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

19 January 2013 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Tokyo Family See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Yoji Yamada delayed principal photography of Tokyo Kazoku, a remake of Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story, from the beginning of April 2011 due to the devastating Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, and subsequent Fukushima meltdown, which occurred on March 11th 2011. He would have to recast the film and partly reworked the script to reflect post-3/11 Japan. See more »

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A two hour visit to Japan

Almost always when seeing oriental movies, I find myself in front of the cultural abyss that separates us. I see the characters almost as if they were from another dimension, making strange gestures, eating strange things and saying strange things. This film is no exception. But in that very strangeness, the director manages to tell a daily and customary story as simple and direct as the title of the film. That is what the film is, no more and no less: a family in Tokyo. Although at the beginning it becomes very heavy, then picks up a lot and I could enjoy a mundane story and nothing flashy but somehow therein lies its value as a movie. In the normality, the wonder of family relationships appears. And in this case, we can be dragged to the parallel universe of life and Japanese culture, in which we find extremely different but also tremendously universal things. I think the movie does not "pass", but worth it for the "Japan-curious". The screenplay delivers an everyday, simple story. The are A LOT of actors, but a special mention for Yoshiyuki (the grandmother) and Yu Aoi (Noriko, the girlfriend of Shuji).


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