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Tokyo Story

August 10, 2010

257. Tokyo Story
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu
Japan, 1953
IMDB | allmovie

Reviewed by Ally
Second viewing


An aging couple visit family in Tokyo, only to find themselves largely neglected by their busy children.

Essential Scene:

The father goes out drinking with two old friends. One of the men bemoans being disappointed by his children, while the other mourns his sons’ deaths in the war. The first friend summarizes the paradox of parenthood:

It’s hard losing a son. But it’s hard living with one, too.


Tokyo Story is infused with gentle sadness and disappointment, which can be deeply moving if you’re in the mood to receive it. However, on the wrong day the film’s leisurely pace may leave you frustrated.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jim Lawrence permalink
    August 19, 2010 1:35 pm

    There is a stillness to the pace and atmosphere that borders on the mysterious. It’s a strange, slightly puzzling film.

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