Original title: Tokyo Monogatari
Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Cast: Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara
Japan 1953 | Black & white | 135 mins | Drama
Avaliable on: 35mm, DCP, DVD
Ozu’s most enduring masterpiece, Tokyo Story is a beautifully nuanced exploration of filial duty, expectation and regret. From the simple tale of the elderly Hirayama couple’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. A constant fixture of critics’ polls, Tokyo Story is now available for the first time on Blu-ray from the BFI. Also contains the full length feature Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family, a sharp critique of bourgeois frivolity, as an extra.