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Tokyo Story(東京物語)

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Japan

1953

2h 14m

Director Yasujirō Ozu

Starring Chishū Ryū, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara, Haruko Sugimura

Genre Drama

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The elderly Shukishi and his wife, Tomi, take the long journey from their small seaside village to visit their adult children in Tokyo. Their elder son, Koichi, a doctor, and their daughter, Shige, a hairdresser, don't have much time to spend with their aged parents, and so it falls to Noriko, the widow of their younger son who was killed in the war, to keep her in-laws company.

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Tokyo Story begins with a starkly naturalistic portrait of a family, and Ozu's camera is masterfully still throughout the entire film. The minimal number of shots is similar to Edward Yang's cinematic style in Yi Yi, and both directors cast such wonderfully watchable actors that it's a pleasure to just observe characters inhabit space.

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