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Tokyo Story


Yasujiro Ozu

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About the Movie

Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story (Tokyo Monogatari) follows an aging couple, Tomi and Sukichi, on their journey from their rural village to visit their two married children in bustling, postwar Tokyo. Their reception is disappointing: too busy to entertain them, their children send them off to a health spa. After Tomi falls ill she and Sukichi return home, while the children, grief-stricken, hasten to be with her. From a simple tale unfolds one of the greatest of all Japanese films. Starring Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, the film reprises one of the director’s favorite themes—that of generational conflict—in a way that is quintessentially Japanese and yet so universal in its appeal that it continues to resonate as one of cinema’s greatest masterpieces.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 42
  • Fresh: 42
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 9.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Luminous in its freedom from the sentimentality or the satire that so often obscure an artist's vision of normal living. – Roger Greenspun, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Ozu's long shots, knee-high camera placement, and collapsed perspective -- as gorgeous and unsettling as a Cezanne -- gather power over the duration, but time itself is the master's most potent weapon. – Eric Hynes, Village Voice, Nov 23, 2010

Fresh: It ennobles the cinema. It says, yes, a movie can help us make small steps against our imperfections. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Oct 18, 2008

Fresh: Ozu doesn't sentimentalize or condemn; he merely observes human nature with calm and clarity. – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A simple masterpiece.

Arguably the greatest film of Japanese cinema, it is also arguably the most heart-wrenching film ever made. A must-see.

A True Masterpiece

Every shot it perfect. This is a true piece of art. A major masterpiece. From beginning to end, Ozu’s direction is spot on. He has created one of the greatest films of all time. No one has come close to this style of storytelling.

A masterpiece...many say, a perfect movie.

A masterfully directed/created tale of the grim inner workings of a physcially dispersed family and how they view their elders against the pressures of their own daily - and often petty - lives.

I've watched this film many times and always discover new shades of brilliance each time. Yasujiro Ozu's direction and camera style are unique in film and generate such intense feelings of intimacy (for viewers) with the characters.

Why doesn't Apple release more Ozu films? They are treasures that should be enjoyed the world over. Please release more!! Thank you.

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1953

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