Tokyo Story

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Overview

As with much of director Yasujiro Ozu's work, a plot summary of this film does not do justice to the emotional power that Ozu lends to this sad, understated tale. An elderly couple, Shukichi Chishu Ryu and Tomi Hirayama Chieko Higashiyama, leaves their small coastal village in southern Japan to visit their married children in Tokyo. Their eldest son, Koichi So Yamamura, a doctor running a clinic in a working-class part of town, is too busy to show them around town, and their eldest daughter is occupied with her ...
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Overview

As with much of director Yasujiro Ozu's work, a plot summary of this film does not do justice to the emotional power that Ozu lends to this sad, understated tale. An elderly couple, Shukichi Chishu Ryu and Tomi Hirayama Chieko Higashiyama, leaves their small coastal village in southern Japan to visit their married children in Tokyo. Their eldest son, Koichi So Yamamura, a doctor running a clinic in a working-class part of town, is too busy to show them around town, and their eldest daughter is occupied with her beauty salon. Only their widowed daughter-in-law, Noriko, played memorably by Setsuko Hara, is willing to take time off work to show the couple the sights of Tokyo. The older children arrange for their parents to visit Atami Hot Springs, but the unimpressed couple soon returns to Tokyo. Tomi stays with her daughter-in-law while Shukichi goes out drinking with some of his buddies, and the bunch complains about their vague sense of disappointment toward their children. Later, he stumbles into his daughter Shige's Haruko Sugimura house late at night. On the way back to their village, tragedy strikes. The callous inattention that son and daughter paid to their parents becomes unamendable. Shige and Koichi quickly return to their busy lives in Tokyo after the funeral, as Noriko and youngest daughter Kyoko Kyoko Kagawa remain.
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Special Features

New digital restoration from a 4K film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray Audio commentary featuring Yasujiro Ozu scholar David Desser, editor of Ozu's "Tokyo Story" I Lived, But..., a two-hour documentary from 1983 about Ozu's life and career, featuring interviews with critics and former cast and crew members Talking with Ozu, a forty-minute tribute to the director from 1993, featuring the reflections of filmmakers Lindsay Anderson, Claire Denis, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Aki Kaurismäki, Stanley Kwan, Paul Schrader, and Wim Wenders Documentary from 1988 about actor Chishu Ryu's work at Shochiku's Ofuna Studio, featuring an interview with Ryu Trailer New english subtitle translation One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic David Bordwell
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
Tokyo Story is widely considered both the best film of Yasujiro Ozu's long career and among the finest films ever made. It paints a quiet, nostalgic view of traditions and values lost in a changing society, seen through the lens of a single family's experiences. Old virtues, such as honoring one's parents, are pushed aside in the unrelenting tumult of the modern city. Tokyo Story showcases Ozu's idiosyncratic style in its maturity. Throughout the film, he shoots through a 50 mm lens at a constant low angle, subordinates spatial continuity to the composition of a given shot, and punctuates the film with shots of empty space. Instead of using flashy cinematic devices, he focuses on the nuances of everyday life, which has the odd effect of lifting the film from mere melodrama to a meditation on the fleeting nature of human existence. Tokyo Story shows a master director at the peak of his talents, producing one of the classics of world cinema.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
One of the greatest films of all time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2013
  • UPC: 715515110211
  • Original Release: 1953
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1A
  • Presentation: Bonus DVD / B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 2:16:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 7,855

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chishu Ryu Shukishi Hirayama
Chieko Higashiyama Tomi Hirayama
So Yamamura Koichi
Setsuko Hara Noriko
Kyoko Kagawa Kyoko
Haruko Sugimura Shige Kaneko
Shiro Osaka Keizo
Toru Abe Railroad Employee
Teruko Nagaoka Yone Hattori
Mutsuko Sakura Patron of the Oden Restaurant
Toyoko Takahashi Shukichi Hirayama's Neighbor
Hisao Toake Osamu Hattori
Kuniko Miyake Fumiko
Mitsuhiro Mori Isamu
Zen Murase Minoru
Nobuo Nakamura Kurazo Kaneko
Eijiro Tono Sanpei Numata
Technical Credits
Yasujiro Ozu Director, Screenwriter
Yuharu Atsuta Cinematographer
Yushun Atsuta Cinematographer
Tatsuo Hamada Production Designer
Yoshiyasu Hamamura Editor
Kogo Noda Screenwriter
Takanobu Saito Score Composer
Kojun Saito Score Composer
Itsuo Takahashi Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tokyo Story
1. Opening Credits [2:37]
2. Preparations [3:45]
3. Arrival in Tokyo [7:15]
4. Noriko [4:07]
5. Catching Up [5:52]
6. A Change in Schedule [7:41]
7. Shige Enlists Noriko's Help [6:10]
8. Sightseeing in Tokyo [8:02]
9. The Children Make Plans [2:35]
10. Hot Springs at Atami [8:04]
11. An Early Return [4:27]
12. Shukichi and Tomi Part [2:27]
13. Shukichi's Night Out [10:10]
14. Tomi Stays with Noriko [4:34]
15. Shukichi Returns to Shige's House [4:01]
16. Noriko Says Good-Bye [3:58]
17. The Children See Their Parents Off [2:34]
18. A Temporary Stay in Osaka [3:42]
19. The Children Prepare to Visit [7:58]
20. Tomi's Condition Worsens [2:44]
21. The Family Gathers in Onomichi [4:54]
22. Keizo Arrives Late [6:01]
23. Funeral [2:55]
24. A Final Dinner Together [5:44]
25. Farewells [9:35]
26. "I'd Have been Kinder to Her" [4:55]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. Stanley Kwan [7:22]
2. Aki Kaurismäki [3:42]
3. Claire Denis [6:31]
4. Lindsay Anderson [4:22]
5. Paul Schrader [4:52]
6. Wim Wenders [6:52]
7. Hou Hsiao-hsien [5:47]
Disc #2 -- Tokyo Story
1. What Does This Nothingness Mean? [3:07]
2. Chishu Ryu [2:35]
3. A Brief History [7:09]
4. First Job [3:19]
5. Ozu's Film Career Begins [4:09]
6. The Student Series [2:33]
7. The Kihachi Series [6:27]
8. Fastidiousness [5:19]
9. The Circle of Life [6:29]
10. "I Can Wait" [7:38]
11. A Hen in the Wind [3:50]
12. Late Spring [7:35]
13. Early Summer [6:38]
14. Ozu's Mentors [2:23]
15. Worldwide Acclaim [4:47]
16. Writing with Kogo Noda [5:37]
17. Actors' Reflections [4:38]
18. Ozu and the Edo Tradition [2:54]
19. Authenticity [4:16]
20. A Director and Mentor [4:35]
21. The Shadow of Death [4:18]
22. A Rigid Framework [7:43]
23. Alone [5:16]
24. The Gardener [1:51]
25. Cancer [3:05]
26. A Full Circle [4:16]
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Disc #1 -- Tokyo Story
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      Recorded by the Criterion Collection in 2003, this Audio Commentary Features David Desser, Editor of Ozu's "Tokyo Story." To Listen to the Commentary While Viewing the Movie, Press the Audio Key On Your Remote at Any Time
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Disc #2 -- Tokyo Story
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Agreed - One of the Greatest Film about family relationships

    This movie is wonderful. The movie is about family relationship. This movie tells a story that quite true and I have observed and know of some families who function like this. (Love & respect can pour in from unexpected places and in life, you will have to face many unimaginable events.) In this movie, the grown-up children's living in the city fail to realize that their parents are coming to visit them to share their last bit of life with them. So, the grown-up children always try to avoid them. In contrast to this, their widowed daughter-in-law shows most love & respect to them and takes the time to spend the time with her parents-in-law which is quite touching. Acting is solid and the direction is amazing for a B/W movie. I will never forget this movie.

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