Drama | Japanese with English subtitles | 136 minutes
Retired couple Shūkichi and Tomi Hirayama and their daughter Kyōko, live in a coastal village in rural Japan. They decide to go to Tokyo to visit their eldest son, Kōichi, a physician, and their eldest daughter, Shige, who runs a hairdressing salon. Shūkichi and Tomi find their son and daughter very busy and do not having much time for their parents. Only their widowed daughter-in-law, Noriko, the wife of their middle son, Shōji, who was killed during the Pacific War, is happy to entertain them. Shūkichi and Tomi remark how much their son and daughter have changed. On their journey home, Tomi becomes ill and dies. At the funeral, Kyōko criticizes her siblings for their selfishness toward their parents. Noriko confesses to her father-in-law that she feels selfish not thinking often of her departed husband. Shūkichi consoles her and gives her Tomi’s watch as a memento. As Noriko heads back to Tokyo, Shūkichi remains behind contemplating his lonely and empty life.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
- British Film Institute Awards: Winner, Best Director (Yasujirō Ozu)
- The film received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.
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Yasujirō Ozu made one of the greatest films of all time. TOKYO STORY lacks sentimental triggers and contrived emotions; it looks away from moments a lesser movie would have exploited. Yes, a movie can help us make small steps against our imperfections.
Often topping lists of the best films of all time, and a great influence on many directors of the last half century, not least for its purity, this remains one of the most approachable and moving of cinema’s masterpieces.
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