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Tokyo Story ( Tky monogatari ) (1953) Movie Information

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Yasujiro Ozu


Chishu Ryu
Setsuko Hara
Haruko Sugimura
Chieko Higashiyama
Kuniko Miyake





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An older couple head to Tokyo to visit their children and grandchildren, but are greeted with indifference and shipped off to a resort in this touching meditation on the sorrows of growing older.

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mitchellyoung 05/31/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Ozu takes a very pedestrian approach, as he does with most of his films. The result is a film that is slow-paced, but allows you to focus more on the daily life interactions of the characters. More than his other films, I think the slower pace of the film does justice to the theme of growing older and allows the viewer to muse more over the subject.

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Yasujiro Ozu is one of those directors whose movies are so measured and sedate that it's hard to explain to someone why they should watch them. His camera is static and low to the ground. He reuses the same actors. Many of his movie titles are so similar that it's difficult to recall which is which--Late Spring, Early Autumn, An Autumn Afternoon. But Ozu's best movies create a world that draws you in and makes you curious, wanting to see more. This bittersweet classic is one of Ozu's best. Highly recommended--but be patient!

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Allison 10/27/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I liked the daughter in law in this movie perhaps, but that's about it. I was kind of bored with Ozu. Most people will think it's terrible, but I really wasn't impressed with him.

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07/02/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Good. Might Be Great. Need to Watch Again

Ive been wanting to see this movie for a while now, since I keep hearing its one of the best movies ever made. I also heard all of Ozus movies are really slowly paced, so I was I kept putting it off. You really have to make the conscious decision that youre going to watch the movie the whole way through no matter what, because about 10 minutes into it I really wanted to change the channel because of how slow the pace was. HOWEVER, it was kind of amazing how emotionally involved I was by the end of the movie. It sneaks up on you. You really get attached to all the characters and their own personal pain. Ive found myself thinking about it a lot after watching it, especially the relationship between the parents and daughter-in-law. I need to watch it again.

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03/07/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Der beste Film aller Zeiten

Keine Geschichte knnte einfacher sein: Die Grosseltern reisen in die Stadt, ihre Kinder und Enkelkinder zu besuchen. Die allerdings sind beschftigt, was die alten Menschen verrgert. Still, ohne dass es jemand zugibt, verfehlt der Besuch seinen Zweck eines Miteinanders. Nach der Rckkehr stirbt die Grossmutter wenige Tage spter und nun ist es an den Kindern, eine Reise zu unternehmen. Aus diesen Elementen hat Ozu einen der grssten Filme aller Zeiten gemacht; eine Geschichte, die noch lange nachwirkt und tiefe Emotionen weckt. Tokyo Story ignoriert die Momente, die andere Filme gesucht htten: Die grossen Kino-Szenen. Er will nicht unsere Gefhle verstrken, sondern Verstndnis erregen. Tokyo Story erreicht das in einem Masse, dass ich nahezu whrend des gesamten Finales heulen musst...


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04/09/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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There comes a time when one views a film in the right moment of your life in which you can fully relate to and applicable as well. The powerful lines almost sums up the picture: "Be a good son while your parents are alive." and "Isn't life too short though?" An old couple Shukichi and Tomi Hirayama (played by Chishu Ryu and Chieko Higashiyama) visit youngest daughter Kyoko (Kyoko Kagawa) who is unmarried. Widowed daughter-in-law, Noriko (Setsuko Hara) tends to the couple with delight and fervor. There was an irony within the plot which makes the movie more engaging.

Exceptional screenplay with moving lines: Grandfather - "But we can't expect too much from our children. Times have changed. We have to face it."Grandmother - "I'm glad I lived to this day. The world has changed so." ...

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