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
- 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.
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