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Tokyo Story

Tokyo monogatari

One of the greatest films of all time, Ozu’s masterpiece meditates on youth, ageing and family.

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Japan 1953
Dir Yasujiro Ozu
With Chishu Ryu, Chiyeko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara
136min
English subtitles
Certificate U

Ozu’s masterpiece 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.

Bassam & Riz: The collision of modern capitalism and traditional family systems. Ozu argues that both can’t exist. Is he right?

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