Tokyo Story (Tokyo Monogatari)

YASUJIRO OZU

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  Japan, 1953.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by , Yasujiro Ozu.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Podcast:  My Criterions.  

Yasujiro Ozu at the very top of his form, displaying his understanding of the subtleties of human relationships with unparalleled skill. In it, an elderly couple travel from their small town to the big city of Tokyo to visit their successful children. Their son can hardly be bothered with them, while their daughter indifferently passes them off to her widowed sister-in-law, the only one of the group who treats the couple with any genuine affection. Heartbreaking in its sincerity, the film is graced with gorgeous cinematography and a wonderfully light touch for even the harshest aspects of the drama. Those looking for great character study have rarely had it this good.

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