Japan 2021

Tokyo Story

Tôkyô monogatari

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

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Japan 1953
Dir Yasujirô Ozu
With Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara, Haruko Sugimura
136min
Digital 4K
English subtitles
Certificate U

An elderly provincial couple (Ryû and Higashiyama) travel to Tokyo to visit their busy grown-up children, but only their widowed daughter-in-law (Hara) shows them patient kindness. From this simple narrative, Ozu and his co-writer Kôgo Noda crafted a profound, wise masterpiece of exquisite formal perfection and overwhelming emotional power. One of the great films of all time, presented here in a pristine new 4K restoration.

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