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Tokyo Story

Tôkyô monogatari

A profound, wise masterpiece of exquisite formal perfection and overwhelming emotional power.

Image from Tokyo Story

Japan 1953
Dir Yasujirô Ozu
With Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara, Haruko Sugimura
Digital 4K
English subtitles
Certificate U

The mother of all films about family. I love all Ozu’s work, and this is his classic. With his rigorous yet totally unobtrusive style, the master gently allows us into the world of an elderly couple and their trip to the big city to see their family. No elaborate plot. No tricks. Just what happens. Deeply moving, and profoundly devastating.