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Tôkyô monogatari (1953)

AL | | Drama | 3 November 1953 (Japan)
An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

Writers:

Kôgo Noda (scenario), Yasujirô Ozu (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chishû Ryû ... Shukichi Hirayama
Chieko Higashiyama ... Tomi Hirayama
Setsuko Hara ... Noriko Hirayama
Haruko Sugimura ... Shige Kaneko
Sô Yamamura ... Koichi Hirayama
Kuniko Miyake ... Fumiko Hirayama - his wife
Kyôko Kagawa ... Kyôko Hirayama
Eijirô Tôno ... Sanpei Numata
Nobuo Nakamura ... Kurazo Kaneko
Shirô Ôsaka Shirô Ôsaka ... Keizo Hirayama
Hisao Toake Hisao Toake ... Osamu Hattori
Teruko Nagaoka Teruko Nagaoka ... Yone Hattori
Mutsuko Sakura Mutsuko Sakura ... Oden-ya no onna
Toyo Takahashi ... Rinka no saikun (as Toyoko Takahashi)
Tôru Abe Tôru Abe ... Tetsudou-shokuin
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Storyline

An elderly couple journey to Tokyo to visit their children and are confronted by indifference, ingratitude and selfishness. When the parents are packed off to a resort by their busy, impatient children, the film deepens into an unbearably moving meditation on mortality. Written by Paul Watabe

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

As long as life goes on, relationships between parents and children will bring boundless joy and endless grief. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

AL | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

3 November 1953 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Tokyo Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Osaka, Japan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shôchiku Eiga See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

At timer mark 1:45:46, when the children are visiting their mother at home and leave the room to talk with the father in an adjoining room, just as they sit on the floor, you see the shadow of the boom-mic just drop into the scene and back out again, just over the sons head on the top right of the screen. This shadow is well into the frame against the edge of what appears to be a bookshelf and should not be considered a masking mistake of the projectionist. See more »

Quotes

Tomi Hirayama: [speaking to her little grandson Isamu]
  • What are you going to be when you grow up? A doctor like your father?

[Isamu doesn't answer and continues to pick grass]
Tomi Hirayama: By the time you become a doctor, I wonder if I'll still be here.
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FANTASTIC
27 October 1999 | by Stroheim-3See all my reviews

I need to say this: THIS MOVIE IS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!! Sure it starts off slowly, but the fact of the matter is the film is a great story of a family and the alienation associated with aging. This is the kind of movie that will make you reflect upon your own family and how you treat them.

I had never seen an Ozu film before, but now I feel as if I must see them all. His use of cinematic space is incredible. He breaks all sorts of conventions with his cinematography such as violating the axis of action. This gives the viewer the sense of a large, open, unrestricted world.

Going with this realism, the characters seem real; not for a moment did I see the people on the screen as actors. They were the family, and you as the viewer feels what they feel. Part of this comes from the use of head-on-shots such that the characters are speaking TO you.

It is a fantastic, moving piece of work and arguably one of the best films ever made.


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