An ageing couple travel from their rural village to visit their two married children in bustling, postwar Tokyo. Their reception is disappointing as the children send them off to a health spa. A survey on the rich and complex world of family life.
Once you get used to the mastery of Ozu's directive style, the real geniality in this film is that certain ambiguity that will make you think about what's right and wrong, what's good and what's bad, or what's really worth in life; if we must take the time to care and love each other (not only our parents) or if we earn the right to be selfish once we become independent adults.
A bit of a confession to make, when I originally rated it, I never finished it. I saw this when I was 20 first, and I couldn't appreciate it then. Now at 23, I have fallen head over heels in love with it. It was a masterpiece. It was so beautifully designed, written, and directed. I understand why Ozu is called a master now. I couldn't help but weep at the ending because of it's power. I want to see Ozu's canon now.