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Criterion brings their trademark touch to the DVD release of one of Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu's greatest films. Tokyo Story is presented as close as possible to its original glory, in a full-screen, 1.33:1 image with restored mono soundtrack. Scholar David Desser provides commentary on the film, and cinematographer Yuharu Atsuta is interviewed separately. Further comments on the master are provided by author David Bordwell in an essay provided on the disc, as well as in the short documentary "Talking with ...
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Criterion brings their trademark touch to the DVD release of one of Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu's greatest films. Tokyo Story is presented as close as possible to its original glory, in a full-screen, 1.33:1 image with restored mono soundtrack. Scholar David Desser provides commentary on the film, and cinematographer Yuharu Atsuta is interviewed separately. Further comments on the master are provided by author David Bordwell in an essay provided on the disc, as well as in the short documentary "Talking with Ozu," in which such current filmmakers as Wim Wenders and Claire Denis offer their thoughts on his films. Also included is I Lived But..., a full-length documentary from 1983 about the filmmaker's life and philosophy of art. Improved subtitling and trailers round out yet another lavish disc from Criterion.
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Special Features

Newly restored high definition digital transfer; Audio commentary by Ozu-film scholar David Desser, editor of Ozu's Tokyo Story, a compilation of writings and reviews about the film; Original theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition; I Lived But... documentary; Talking With Ozu; New essay by David Bordwell, author of Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema
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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: 10/28/2003
  • UPC: 037429183922
  • Original Release: 1953
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 2:16:00
  • Format: DVD

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

Side #1 -- Tokyo Sotry
1. Opening Credits [2:33]
2. Preparations [3:46]
3. Arrival in Tokyo [7:10]
4. Noriko [4:12]
5. Catching Up [5:52]
6. A Change in Schedule [7:41]
7. Shige Enlists Noriko's Help [6:09]
8. Sightseeing in Tokyo [8:02]
9. The Children Make Plans [2:35]
10. Atami Hot Springs [8:04]
11. An Early Return [4:24]
12. Shukichi & Tomi Part [2:30]
13. Shukichi's Night Out [10:10]
14. Tomi Stays With Noriko [4:34]
15. Shukichi Returns to Shige's House [4:00]
16. Noriko Says Goodbye [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 [2:43]
21. The Family Gathers in Onomichi [4:55]
22. Keizo Arrives Late [6:03]
23. Funeral [2:53]
24. A Final Dinner Together [5:44]
25. Farewells [9:33]
26. "I'd Have Been Kinder to Her" [4:03]
27. Color Bars
Side #2 -- Extras
1. What Does This Nothingness Mean? [3:08]
2. Chishu Ryu [2:35]
3. A Brief History [7:09]
4. First Job [3:20]
5. Ozu's Film Career Begins [4:09]
6. The Student Series [2:33]
7. The Kihachi Series [6:28]
8. Fastidiousness [5:19]
9. The Circle of Life [6:30]
10. "I Can Wait" [7:37]
11. A Hen in the Wind [3:50]
12. Late Spring [7:36]
13. Early Summer [6:38]
14. Ozu's Mentors [2:23]
15. Worldwide Acclaim [4:48]
16. Writing With Kogo Noda [5:36]
17. Actor's Reflections [1:39]
18. Ozu and the Edo Tradition [2:59]
19. Authenticity [3:30]
20. A Director and Mentor [3:41]
21. The Shadow of Death [4:35]
22. A Rigid Framework [4:19]
23. Alone [7:43]
24. The Gardener [5:17]
25. Cancer [1:51]
26. A Full Circle [3:05]
1. Stanley Kwan [7:27]
2. Aki Kaurismaki [3:41]
3. Claire Denis [6:27]
4. Lindsay Anderson [4:22]
5. Paul Schrader [4:52]
6. Wim Wenders [7:07]
7. Hou Hsiao-Hsien [5:31]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Tokyo Sotry
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Commentary
      Commentary: On/Off
   Subtitles
      English Subtitles: On/Off
   Theatrical Trailer
Side #2 -- Extras
   I Lived, But...
      Play
      Index
   Talking With Ozu
      Play
      Index
   Subtitles
      English Subtitles: On/Off
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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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