Tky boshoku (Tokyo Twilight)
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As Yasujiro Ozu's final black-and-white picture, the 1957 Tokyo Twilight explores the emotional landscapes and nuances within a strained Japanese family. Two daughters - Akiko (Ineko Arima) and Takako (Setsuko Hara) - grew up under the sold guardianship of their father, Mr. Sugiyama (Chishu Ryu) after their mother walked out on the family. This created serious psychological problems for both young women that extended well into adulthood: Akiko now spends all of her free time haunting bars and pachinko parlors, looking for her boyfriend, while Takako withdraws from a severely dysfunctional… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"This turbulent and grim family melodrama, from 1957, is steered away from the maudlin and given emotional depth and philosophical heft under the direction of Yasujiro Ozu."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Strangely, even though this is Ozu's darkest, most pessimistic film, it still has the same easy quality; we never feel bludgeoned or wrung out."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Watch it and be reminded that open lines of communication between generations are vital if an extended family is to remain intact."
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"This rarely screened, melancholy 1957 film, Ozu's last in black and white, is one of his best."
‑ Fred Camper, Chicago Reader
"Appropriately the last black and white Ozu film, Tokyo Twilight maintains his signature style despite its tragic melancholy...Beautifully photographed and framed, the story flows naturally and gently and retains hope."
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"As powerfully understated as anything by the Japanase master, and unquestionably his darkest film."
‑ , Film4
"Ozu's chilliest film... certainly packs a devastating (albeit characteristically understated) emotional punch - but on the way it is occasionally marred by meandering scenes that belie the usual economy of Ozu's minimalism."
‑ Anton Bitel, MovieScope
"It plays like a Greek tragedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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