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Tokyo Story
9.1
/10
8,570 Ratings

TOKYO STORY

東京物語 | Tōkyō Monogatari

Directed by Yasujirô Ozu
Japan, 1953
Drama

Synopsis

An aging couple, Tomi and Sukichi, journey to visit their two adult children in Tokyo. The reception is disappointing: too busy to entertain them, their children send them off to a health spa. After Tomi falls ill, they return home, while the children, grief-stricken, hasten to be with her.

Synopsis

An aging couple, Tomi and Sukichi, journey to visit their two adult children in Tokyo. The reception is disappointing: too busy to entertain them, their children send them off to a health spa. After Tomi falls ill, they return home, while the children, grief-stricken, hasten to be with her.

Our take

A masterpiece in radical subtlety, Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story is less concerned with plot than it is feeling. Crafted in his compassionate, contemplative style, this sensitive, quiet miracle of a film patiently reveals universal truths: about families, and moreover, the cycles and rhythms of time.