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Tokyo Story (1953)

Japan 136m, B&W
Director: Yasujirō Ozu; Cast: Chishū Ryū, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara

tokyostoryA slowly paced drama about the increasingly fast-paced life post war life in Japan and a family who is too busy to spend time with their aging parents. Underpinning this simple story is a commentary on the changing nature of Japanese family values which is contrasted against the caring nature of their lonely widowed daughter-in-law, who treats them with kindness and respect. Both sad and heart-warming, Tokyo Story is beautifully crafted film with a simple but classic style and an attention to the small details of everyday life (Klaus Ming December 2014).

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2 comments on “Tokyo Story (1953)

  1. TSorensen
    12/25/2014

    Sad and heartwarming, that is quite precise. This movie is a lot better than it looks and is rightfully considered a classic.

    • Klaus
      12/26/2014

      I also like the simple photography and low camera angles which bring the viewer down to the floor, where much of the drama plays out. This simple cinematic approach might also speak to the traditional values which are explored in the film (or at least they can be interpreted that way).

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