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

Originally Tokyo Monogatari, Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story 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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 3, 1953
DVD Release Date: October 30, 2003
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Consensus: Tokyo Story is a Yasujiro Ozu masterpiece whose rewarding complexity has lost none of its power more than half a century on.

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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Matt Neal
ABC Radio (Australia)

It's not until the heartbreaking denouement you realise how immersive Tokyo Story is, and how it snuck up on you and worked its way into your heart.

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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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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's entirely possible that Tokyo Story isn't the best movie ever made. But I suspect that it might be the most perfect.

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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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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Yasujir Ozu's beloved masterpiece of postwar Japanese cinema speaks to audiences from all backgrounds because of the cross-generational familial truths that the prolific director/co-writer lovingly metes out.

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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
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
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
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
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
Devon Bott
Directed by legendary director Yasujiro Ozu, Tokyo Story is the story of an aging Japanese couple who travel to Tokyo to visit their children. On the surface,… More