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Tokyo Story (1953)

Rating : 8.3
Studio : Sh?chiku Eiga /
Crew : Yasujirō Ozu / Shôhei Imamura /
Cast : Chishû Ryû Chieko Higashiyama Setsuko Hara Haruko Sugimura Sô Yamamura
Genre : Drama

An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city, but the children have little time for them.

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Reviews

Kincaid
2018/03/12

When my mother first arrived in Tokyo, "it was so close to Tokyo." When mom decided to leave Tokyo, she added: "Tokyo is really too far away."

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Roger Greenspun
2018/03/09

Luminous in its freedom from the sentimentality or the satire that so often obscure an artist s vision of normal living.

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Roger Ebert
2018/03/09

It ennobles the cinema. It says, yes, a movie can help us make small steps against our imperfections.

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Colin Covert
2018/03/09

Ozu doesn t sentimentalize or condemn; he merely observes human nature with calm and clarity.

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Geoff Andrew
2018/03/09

The way Ozu builds up emotional empathy for a sense of disappointment in its various characters is where his mastery lies.

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Wally Hammond
2018/03/09

This remains one of the most approachable and moving of all cinema s masterpieces.

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Eric Hynes
2018/03/09

Ozu s long shots, knee-high camera placement, and collapsed perspective -- as gorgeous and unsettling as a C?zanne -- gather power over the duration, but time itself is the master s most potent weapon.

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elvircorhodzic
2016/11/03

Life is simple and unique. That's very true.---TOKYO STORY is a film that has a moderate tone, unobtrusive style and quiet family story. An elderly couple from the provinces coming to Tokyo to visit their grown children. The story shows how the children, preoccupied with their daily lives, do not show enough care for their parents, as opposed to the former daughter-whose husband died in the war. At first glance, everything in this film seems simple and clear, but on the other hand is a sensitive topic and family discord, somewhat generational conflict with fairly deep emotions without excessive melodrama.Staff are interesting, a little strange, however, show sincere emotion without many words. Of course, you need to understand Japanese culture, which I somehow fascinated. The story can be identified three generations of which is the oldest in a harmonious relationship. Although it can be concluded that it is not always the case. The younger do not have time for yourself and not for others.Most people do not live. Survive. Understanding and tranquility in fact represent the fund in relation to the sentiment and satire. People consciously or unconsciously influence the lives of others. People woven in one's life are there, even when they are not physically present.Setsuko Hara as Noriko Hirayama really is a beauty. She plays a woman who has all the prerequisites that clearly says "Life is disappointing", but again full of mercy, kept calm and beautiful smile that does not come off from the face. Well, sometimes that smile accompanies large tear.

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Claudio Carvalho
2014/04/16

A Movie to Make You Think about Parents' Seniority and Children Indifference and Selfishness---In Onomichi, Hiroshima, the retired Shukishi Hirayama (Chish? Ry?) and his wife Tomi Hirayama (Chieko Higashiyama) live with their single daughter, the teacher Ky?ko (Ky?ko Kagawa). They decide to travel in a long voyage by train to Tokyo to visit their children, the doctor Koichi Hirayama (S? Yamamura) and the hairdresser Shige Kaneko (Haruko Sugimura). However, Koichi and Shige can not afford time to spend with their parents but the widow sister-in-law Noriko Hirayama (Setsuko Hara) gives attention to them and go on sightseeing through Tokyo with the old couple. Shukishi and Tomi note that their children do not have time for them and they decide to return to Onomichi. Along their trip, Tomi does not feel well and they stop in Osaka to visit their son Keizo Hirayama (Shir? Osaka). Soon each son and daughter receives a telegram from Onomichi with sad news."T?ky? monogatari" is a sad story of family indifference, selfishness and farewell directed by Yasujir? Ozu using his traditional style with a steady camera and centralized filming. This movie makes the viewer thinks about parents' seniority and children indifference and selfishness that cannot spend time with them. Makes also think how short life is and how soon the son or daughter will become the old parent that he or she neglected. My vote is seven.Title (Brazil): "Era Uma Vez em Tóquio" ("Once Upon a Time in Tokyo")

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Melvyn Foo
2013/11/05

Slowww---Disclaimer: my ratings are purely personal and is only indicative on my subjective enjoyment of the film. (Even then, or perhaps even more so, I know I'm gonna be bashed for this.) Even if this 1953 greatly-hailed-classic was not black & white, I would have found it too slow to be enjoyable.The story is simple. An aged couple visits their children in Tokyo, and then heads home. Through the narrative, the film contrasts the filial impiety of the couple's biological children with the compassion of the couple's non-blood-related, widowed daughter-in-law.Critics rave about the cinematography. I know nuts about these things so I shall reveal my ignorance no more.What was perhaps a bit more accessible was the layered richness of the film's portrayal of Japanese culture, which is often non-verbal, indirect and subtle. (The emphasis here is a bit; I would have been lost without the readings to analyze the film's non-explicit elements because of the high-context nature of the Japanese society.) Suffice to say that the film was only bearable because of the readings, which I did concurrently while watching the film; they explained the film's richness that gave it its 99/100 IMDb critic review.

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