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Tokyo Story 1953 U

135 mins Japan Director. Yasujiro Ozu

A constant fixture in critics' polls, Yasujiro Ozu's most enduring masterpiece, Tokyo Story, is a beautifully nuanced exploration of filial duty, expectation and regret. From the simple tale of an elderly husband and wife's visit to Tokyo to see their grown-up children, Ozu draws a compelling contrast between the measured dignity of age and the hurried insensitivity of a younger generation.

The later films of Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu are marked by a striking uniformity of theme and form. These are stories of family life involving inevitable rupture, as things change, daughters marry, widowers grow old. Ozu films this bittersweet natural progression in his unmistakably controlled, minimal style, typified by head-on shots with the camera at the height of a seated observer.

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Directed by

Yasujiro Ozu


Chishu Ryu

Chieko Higashiyama

Setsuko Hara


Classics Drama


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U Contains no material likely to offend or harm







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