Tokyo Story

Scene from the film Tokyo Story
scene from the film TOKYO STORY

Tokyo Story seems to offer a simple, familiar story: an elderly couple visits their married children in the city, where they are treated inhospitably and shunted off to a spa by their offspring who have little time for them. After the couple returns home, the wife dies, causing only a minor break in the routine of the children who have to rush home for the funeral. While the plot may sound rather spartan, Ozu's unique treatment of family and tradition make this a profound and moving masterpiece about life, death, and familial relationships.

Shown in a 35mm courtesy of Janus Films

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