Tokyo Story ( Tôkyô monogatari ) Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 532

Average Rating: 3.1/4

# of Ratings: 67

Theatrical Release Date: 11/03/1953

Language: Japanese

Genre: Drama

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: Yasujiro Ozu

Actors: Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara, Haruko Sugimura, Chieko Higashiyama, Kuniko Miyake

Plot: 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 - wrote on 05/31/2011

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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woody - wrote on 01/27/2011

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 - wrote on 10/27/2008

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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SteelCity99 - wrote on 04/24/2018

Japan may be the superlative country for creating timeless masterpieces, which may be a daring and controversial statement that may originate debate. However, Yasujiro Ozu reportedly belongs among the greatest directors of all time, exposing simple and honest ideas about life itself in the purest form possible. Tôkyô Monogatari officially ranks as one of the best films ever made in cinema history. The reasons are as abundant and justifiable as they are commonly accepted. In a time where Eastern culture was inspired by tales regarding honor, bravery, existentialism and a strong Buddhist influence in films (specially since the 50's), Ozu directs a strong contender for the most heartwarming, reflexive, humanist and quietly peaceful drama ever conceived within cinema.

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kimstir - wrote on 07/02/2016

I’ve been wanting to see this movie for a while now, since I keep hearing it’s one of the best movies ever made. I also heard all of Ozu’s movies are really slowly paced, so I was I kept putting it off. You really have to make the conscious decision that you’re 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. I’ve 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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Der beste Film aller Zeiten - wrote on 03/07/2016

Keine Geschichte könnte einfacher sein: Die Grosseltern reisen in die Stadt, ihre Kinder und Enkelkinder zu besuchen. Die allerdings sind beschäftigt, was die alten Menschen verärgert. Still, ohne dass es jemand zugibt, verfehlt der Besuch seinen Zweck eines Miteinanders. Nach der Rückkehr stirbt die Grossmutter wenige Tage später und nun ist es an den Kindern, eine Reise zu unternehmen. Aus diesen Elementen hat Ozu einen der grössten Filme aller Zeiten gemacht; eine Geschichte, die noch lange nachwirkt und tiefe Emotionen weckt. Tokyo Story ignoriert die Momente, die andere Filme gesucht hätten: Die grossen Kino-Szenen. Er will nicht unsere Gefühle verstärken, sondern Verständnis erregen. Tokyo Story erreicht das in einem Masse, dass ich nahezu während des gesamten Finales …

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