Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose? Well, there's that. But I suspect that old Yamada's desire to make a loose remake of Tokyo Story - aside from the the homage to his master - is just to show the Japanese family sixty years on. Ozu depicted the dying of tradition, Yamada depicts a world where tradition's long gone. The old folk in this film were fresh-faced youths in 1953. He even found a worthy Setsuko Hara!