Tokyo story

Tokyo story

Tōkyō monogatari

DVD - 2013 | Japanese | Two-DVD special edition Fullscreen edition.
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A self-centered couple is inconvenienced by a parental visit. When the mother falls ill, her children hasten to be with her.
Publisher: [Irvington, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2013]
Edition: Two-DVD special edition Fullscreen edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781681431277
Branch Call Number: DVD Japanese TOK
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (136 min.) :,sound, black and white ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 folded-out insert.
DVD video, 4 3/4 in., rda
digital, optical, mono, Dolby Digital 1.0, rda
laser optical, NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda


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"The older I grow and the more I observe how age affects our relationships, the more I think 'Tokyo Story' has to teach us."

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samcmar Jan 16, 2019

One of the most beautiful, emotional and touching Japanese films ever made. I cried so much during this movie!

Nov 09, 2018

While compared to contemporary cinema this film might seem quite slow paced, but as with the time and culture portrayed, it charmingly shows the everyday experience and relations of an elderly rural couple visiting “busy” urban children and builds to a very emotional story. Nowadays it seems like a window onto a very different lifestyle but with family relationships that are still real and possibly familiar.

Jan 31, 2018

It is a master piece of a classic story. The topic that it touched will never be out of fashion.
It is a bit slow, but take your time to enjoy each very well framed picture!

Feb 20, 2017

"Isn't life disappointing?"
1953 film from the Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu that is often considered his greatest film. An elderly couple journeys to Tokyo to visit their children and grandchildren, who don't have much time for them and are constantly trying to pawn them off and cut corners. Only their widowed daughter-in-law offers kindness. Ozu and his cast find a deeply sympathetic, bittersweet tone that becomes more melancholy (and, eventually, heartbreaking) as the film progresses. If you've seen anything by Ozu, you know he works slowly and deliberately and lets his films unfold naturally and patiently. His co-writer was inspired by the equally bittersweet American film "Make Way for Tomorrow." As always, Criterion Collection gives it the deluxe treatment.

Dec 31, 2015

The DVD was badly scratched so I guess I have watched 80% of the movie. A simple and slow-paced movie.

Nov 15, 2014

The DVD features an audio commentary by the great Japanese film historian, Donald Richie, who was responsible for bringing post-war Japanese cinema to the attention of American audiences. If you re-watch this, as I have many many times, try it with his commentary on. It's like taking a seminar in film study, and you realize just how intentional Ozu is in composing his shots and scenes. Very little is left to chance.

Mar 29, 2014

'Tokyo Story' is a quiet and deceptively simple tale of an aging couple who travel to Tokyo to visit their grown-up children and find their children too busy with their own lives to pay them much attention. The parents do not complain but beneath the quiet politeness and smiles, there is a sad, inevitable and powerful alienation between generations. The film forces us to evaluate the excuses that we sometimes find ourselves making to justify our lack of attention to those who need it, even those who are dearest to us. This is one of the greatest films ever made!

Jan 04, 2014

a slow quiet story for a long rainy afternoon. special features include documentaries & tributes to this much loved film maker.

Dec 07, 2013

Not bad, but I found Ozu's aestetic boring and uninteresting. His attempts at creating a minimalistic atmosphere succeed, but fail in the way of creating an interesting movie. Not bad, but just not a type of film I enjoy.

Nov 20, 2012

This movie can be watched in any time or age and it will always be relevant. Self absorbed and ungrateful children that mistreat their loving parents. It is only the kindness of one that is a non blood relative that makes the parents truly feel loved.

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