Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB. Japan, 1951. Shôchiku Eiga. Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu. Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta. Produced by Takeshi Yamamoto. Music by Senji Ito. Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada. Costume Design by Taizo Saito. Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.
The term “masterpiece” is limited when it comes to picking the best works by Yasujiro Ozu, who made more than one. Three generations of a Japanese family are devastated when their headstrong, single daughter (the magnificent Setsuko Hara) decides to marry a widowed childhood friend against her brother’s and parent’s better judgement. The various relationships between friends, employers, parents, grandparents and children populate this magnificent character study, which moves along smoothly and lyrically through scenes of delightful humour and genuine pathos. The cinematography is crystal-clear gorgeous and the characters all endearing; those who love Ozu for making magnificent drama out of common everyday life will have a Tokyo Story experience here.