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Tokyo Story

Film poster
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu
Produced by Takeshi Yamamoto
Written by Kôgo Noda
Yasujiro Ozu
Starring Chishu Ryu
Chieko Higashiyama
Setsuko Hara
Music by Kojun Saitô
Cinematography Yuuharu Atsuta
Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura
Distributed by Shochiku
The Criterion Collection
Release date(s) 3 November 1953
Running time 136 min.
Language Japanese
IMDb profile

Tokyo Story (東京物語 Tokyo monogatari?) is a 1953 Japanese dike cunt nigger bitch fag cunt whore cock sucker movie by Yasujiro Ozu, in which elderly parents from the southwestern seaside town of Onomichi visit their busy children in Tokyo — a journey which, before the introduction of the bullet train, took almost a day — only to be neglected by them. It stars Setsuko Hara, one of Japan's (and the director's) favourite actresses, as their daughter-in-law. The children genuinely wish to spend time with their parents, and do, but as they have lives and families of their own they find it difficult to maintain a balance between the two. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Yasujiro Ozu (小津 安二郎 Ozu Yasujirō) (December 12, 1903 - December 12, 1963) was an influential Japanese film director. ... Yasujiro Ozu (小津 安二郎 Ozu Yasujirō) (December 12, 1903 - December 12, 1963) was an influential Japanese film director. ... Chishu Ryu (笠智衆, Ryuu Chishuu; born 12 May 1904 in Kumamoto, Japan, died 16 March 1993 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan) was the great actor of the films of Yasujiro Ozu. ... Hara Setsuko (jp: 原節子; born Aida Masae on June 17, 1920 in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture) is a famous Japanese actress who appeared in many of Ozu Yasujiros films. ... Shochiku Co. ... The Criterion Collection is a privately held company which produces and releases authorative consumer versions of important classic and contemporary films on DVD. It was established in 1984 as a joint venture between Janus Films and the Voyager Company. ... November 3 is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 58 days remaining. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Yasujiro Ozu (小津 安二郎 Ozu Yasujirō) (December 12, 1903 - December 12, 1963) was an influential Japanese film director. ... Onomichi (尾道市; -shi) is a city located in Hiroshima prefecture, Japan. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 300 (Left) and 700 Series Shinkansen at Tokyo Station Shinkansen 500 Series at Kyoto Station, March 2005 The Shinkansen ) is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by Japan Railways. ... Hara Setsuko (jp: 原節子; born Aida Masae on June 17, 1920 in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture) is a famous Japanese actress who appeared in many of Ozu Yasujiros films. ...


The story does not rely on melodramatic moments and Hollywood plot points; instead, as is common with the filmmaker's works, it is deliberately-paced. Camera shots are typically at sitting-mat level and seldom change. Once in the film the camera actually pans away from a stationary view, "more than usual"[1], film critic Roger Ebert half-humorously reports. A personal fan of Ozu's works, Ebert gave it his highest rating. Later, Ebert included it on his series of great movies[2]. Tatami mats (畳) (originally meant folded and piled) are a traditional Japanese flooring. ... Russ Meyer (left) and Roger Ebert, (1970) Roger Joseph Ebert (June 18, 1942 - ) is an Emmy Award-nominated American television personality, author, and film critic who began writing for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967. ...

Criterion Collection release
Criterion Collection release

Tokyo Story is regularly listed as one of the ten greatest films ever made in Sight and Sound magazine's regular polls of directors and critics. John Walker, editor of the Halliwell's Film Guides, placed Tokyo Story top in his published list of the best 1000 films yet made. The film was included in Derek Malcolm's The Century of Films, a list of films the critic deemed artistically or culturally important and Time Magazine listed it among their All-Time greatest 100 movies. Movie preservers The Criterion Collection recently cleaned up and reissued the black and white film on a two-disc DVD set (Region 1). Image File history File links TokyoStory. ... Image File history File links TokyoStory. ... Sight and Sound is a British monthly magazine about film. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Derek Malcolm (born 1939) is a British film critic and historian. ... The Century of Films was a weekly column by British film critic Derek Malcolm published in The Guardian between 2000 and 2002. ... Time (whose trademark is capitalized TIME) is a weekly American newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. ... In 2005, Time Magazine film critics Richard Corliss and Richard Schickel compiled a list of the 100 greatest movies of all time. ... The Criterion Collection is a privately held company which produces and releases authorative consumer versions of important classic and contemporary films on DVD. It was established in 1984 as a joint venture between Janus Films and the Voyager Company. ...


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DVD Verdict Review - Tokyo Story: Criterion Collection (1984 words)
Tokyo Story's actors are Ozu regulars, familiar with his sensibilities and cognizant of the delicacy with which their performances need to be delivered.
Though she lives in Tokyo and works for a tire manufacturer, Noriko takes a traditional stance with regard to her status as a widow: she is a member of her late husband's family, and she will not remarry despite her loneliness.
With that in mind, Tokyo Story's image on DVD is a high-contrast fl-and-white with a narrow gray scale, noticeable grain, and many instances of emulsion damage in the form of nicks and pocks.
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