Recommendation: A Film For The Week

Tokyo Story (1953)

The elderly Shukishi (Chishu Ryu) and his wife, Tomi (Chieko Higashiyama), take the long journey from their small seaside village to visit their adult children in Tokyo. Their elder son, Koichi (Sô Yamamura), a doctor, and their daughter, Shige (Haruko Sugimura), a hairdresser, don’t have much time to spend with their aged parents, and so it falls to Noriko (Setsuko Hara), the widow of their younger son who was killed in the war, to keep her in-laws company.

Image: Criterion Collection

The story seems simple, right ? but with only these elements – Director Ozu, made a film that you won’t forget. More than bringing us to tears, what it also does is to bring us to understand the sentiment and how it comes to life. Ozu’s well known pillow shots are a symbol of poetry that serve to move the story.  After all this time, we as filmmakers can take the time and learn from him, the creation of what it might seem as  simple stories that are universal, and that with the pass of time they are still relevant. 

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67CoB55DS-o

Streaming: Youtube, Criterion Collection , Kanopi

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