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Tokyo Story

Spine #217

Oct 28, 2003

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • Japanese Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Tokyo Story

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Dual-Format Edition

Directed By: Yasujiro Ozu
Starring: Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara, Haruko Sugimura, Nobuo Nakamura, So Yamamura, Kuniko Miyake, Kyoko Kagawa, Eijiro Tono, Shiro Osaka, Zen Murase, Mitsuhiro Mori
Licensor: Shochiku

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Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story (Tokyo Monogatari) follows an aging couple, Tomi and Sukichi, on their journey from their rural village to visit their two married children in bustling, post-war Tokyo. Their reception is disappointing: too busy to entertain them, their children send them off to a health spa. After Tomi falls ill she and Sukichi return home, while the children, grief-stricken, hasten to be with her. From a simple tale unfolds one of the greatest of all Japanese films. Starring Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, the film reprises one of the director's favorite themes-that of generational conflict-in a way that is quintessentially Japanese and yet so universal in its appeal that it continues to resonate as one of cinema's greatest masterpieces.

  • Audio commentary by Ozu-film scholar David Desser, editor of Ozu's Tokyo Story, a compilation of writings and reviews about the film
  • I Lived, But . . . (1983) a two-hour documentary about the life and career of Ozu, featuring former assistant Shohei Imamura, critics Donald Richie and Tadao Sato, actors Chishu Ryu, Mariko Okada, Haruko Sugimura, and many more
  • Talking with Ozu: a 40-minute tribute to Yasujiro Ozu featuring reflections from directors Stanley Kwan, Aki Kaurismaki, Claire Denis, Lindsay Anderson, Paul Schrader, Wim Wenders, and Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New essay by David Bordwell, author of Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema


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