Tokyo Story

A constant fixture in critics’ polls, Yasujiro Ozu’s most enduring masterpiece is a beautifully nuanced exploration of filial duty, expectation and regret.

Tokyo Story (Tokyo monogatari) (1953, 136 min)

A constant fixture in critics’ polls, Yasujiro Ozu’s most enduring masterpiece, Tokyo Story, 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.

Script: Kogo Noda and Yasujiro Ozu

Cast: Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara

Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (Todake no kyodai) (1941, 100 min, DVD only)

Prefiguring Tokyo Story’s generational themes, Ozu’s finely-honed family drama, Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family, is also a sharp critique of bourgeois frivolity that achieved great success on its release in war-time Japan. After the death of her husband, Mrs Toda and her youngest daughter receive a frosty welcome from extended family. Duty collides with self-interest in this inclusive satire.

Script: Tadao Ikeda and Yasujiro Ozu

Cast: Hideo Fujino, Ayako Katsuragi, Mieko Takamine, Shin Saburi

Special features

  • Standard definition and high definition presentations of Tokyo Story (DVD & Blu-ray).
  • Ozu’s Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (1941, 100 mins, DVD only).
  • Fully illustrated booklet features newly commissioned essay by Professor Joan Mellen and director biography by Tony Rayns.
  • New and improved English subtitles.

Product information

    • Certificate

      U

    • Colour

      Black/white

    • Sound

      Sound

    • Running time

      136mins

    • Languages

      Japanese

    • Subtitles

      English

    • Original aspect ratio

      Ratio 1.33:1

    • DVD region

      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

    • Catalogue number

      BFIB1056

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