Tokyo Story (Tky monogatari)
Tokyo Story (Tky monogatari) (1953)

This film centers on a provincial Japanese family. The elderly parents and youngest daughter journey to Tokyo to visit their doctor son and his brood. Too busy for this onslaught of relatives, the callous, insensitive doctor packs his… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: October 30, 2003
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice

Ozu's long shots, knee-high camera placement, and collapsed perspective -- as gorgeous and unsettling as a Czanne -- gather power over the duration, but time itself is the master's most potent weapon.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Ozu doesn't sentimentalize or condemn; he merely observes human nature with calm and clarity.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

It soon becomes clear that they have planned their trip at a bad time; it is equally clear that every time is a bad time.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

This remains one of the most approachable and moving of all cinema's masterpieces.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It ennobles the cinema. It says, yes, a movie can help us make small steps against our imperfections.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

With its debt to Leo McCarey's 'Make Way for Tomorrow,' Yasujiro Ozu's 'Tokyo Story' is no less true, shattering, and not for viewers fretting about unsympathetic grown-up children.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The way Ozu builds up emotional empathy for a sense of disappointment in its various characters is where his mastery lies.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

Luminous in its freedom from the sentimentality or the satire that so often obscure an artist's vision of normal living.

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Christian Blauvelt
Slant Magazine

In this exquisite merging of specific and universal, infinite and infinitesimal, Tokyo Story perhaps most clearly illuminates that Ozu is not the most Japanese of filmmakers, but the most human.

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Dan Schultz
A moving, emotional story about a retired elder couple (Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama) who visit their children in Tokyo, only to be greeted coldly and as if… More
Keiko Aya
I first watched Tokyo Story in a classroom some time ago and witnessed something curious. Is such a brilliantly devised movie though it takes more then 1… More
Reid Volk
A beautiful film about the ever-changing nature of life and a people on the mend after the cataclysm of World War 2. This exploration of life's… More
Randy Tippy
Not at all what I expected. Maybe that's because so many of my friends rated it five stars. Maybe because it's on so many lists of favorite films.… More
Anthony Lawrie
Only Ozu could make such an uplifting and heartwarming film and include the line 'Isn't life disappointing?' as it's conclusion (said with a… More
danny d
a profound and beautifully told story that lives up to the hype and challenges even the most well meaning children on issues of honoring their parents. the… More