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  • Actors: Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara
  • Directors: Yasujiro Ozu
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EO2I6W4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,050 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the BD
  • Audio commentary featuring Yasujiro Ozu scholar David Desser
  • I Lived, But . . . a 2-hour documentary from 1953 about Ozu's life and career
  • Talking with Ozu, a forty-minute tribute to the director from 1993
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Bordwell

  • Editorial Reviews

    A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu (Late Spring). The film, which follows an aging couple as they leave their rural village to visit their two married children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director’s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu (There Was a Father) and Setsuko Hara (Late Autumn), Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director’s recurring themes of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of cinema’s mightiest masterpieces.

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    Like many great pictures, this work is not about just one thing.
    Lightning Surfer
    The premise is very, very simple: an elderly couple visits their grown up children who live in Tokyo.
    Anthony L.
    His films describe the joys and tragedies of life in a real and compelling manner.
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    45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Anthony L. TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 10, 2013
    I can honestly say that Tokyo Story is one of the saddest and most poignant movies ever made. It is also a cinematic masterpiece of framing, editing, and pacing. The acting is so real and brilliant, that, when coupled with Ozu's signature POV angles, you feel as if you are witnessing real people and real events. This is a story that we can all relate to, even if we do not want to. The premise is very, very simple: an elderly couple visits their grown up children who live in Tokyo. The children, sadly, view the old people as a burden and a chore. Ironically, the only people kind to the old couple are the widow of their middle-son, and, to a lesser extent, their first daughter's husband.

    Tokyo Story is one of those films, like Kurosawa's Rashomon and Hitchcock's Vertigo, that are nearly perfect in every manner. Director Yasujiro Ozu's camera is static, and is usually three feet up off the ground - the height of a person sitting on a tatami mat. His editing is flawless, taking in every motion and movement of the characters, often lingering on an empty room while they are gone to signify the movement and passing of life. Oftentimes, Ozu breaks the sacred cinematic rules of eyelines, and has his characters talk almost directly into the camera. Again, this gives an almost fly-on-the-wall effect for the viewer.

    There is little music in Tokyo Story, but when there is music it is well-chosen and situated perfectly. Music, as director Michael Haneke knew for his masterpiece
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lightning Surfer on November 8, 2013
    Like many great pictures, this work is not about just one thing. If there is a central theme, then that would be a story of a family coping with change. The plot? A retired couple travel far to visit their grown children in Tokyo, but only their daughter-in-law is happy to see them. Now then, I love the quiet moments in the first act. Mundane things such as packing bags for a trip and sweeping the floor at a beauty salon become gentle poetry. But soon, something extraordinary happens. Layer after layer is pulled away to reveal one unpleasant truth after another. The elderly couple is sad to discover that their visit is an inconvenience to their own flesh and blood. By the time the picture ends, the audience is left with much to ponder. When do children cease to be obligated to their parents? For that matter, when do parents cease to be obligated to their children? Is loneliness the only thing to look forward to in old age? What impact does remarrying have on one’s relationships? That said, “Tokyo Story” is a beautiful snapshot of a family at an important juncture in time captured with honesty and authenticity.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Sternthal on February 4, 2014
    this movie stands as one of the great achievements in the history of cinema.

    in many ways it is the opposite of any other movie I have seen.

    viewed from the perspective of a modern action movie it is slow paced to the extreme.

    yet the action movie is hollow inside - Tokyo Story on the other hand is extremely complex.

    this movie has addressed all the human emotions which we fear yet fight to hide - fear, greed, hope, regret....

    this movie must be watched in a relaxed calm dark setting with no distractions -it wont work with distractions , phone calls or kids screaming .

    the movie is without fault .

    staggering
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Baptist on October 8, 2014
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    This Criterion release of "Tokyo Story" is a real treat for fans of classic art films. The picture and sound quality has been restored pretty well up to the high standards one has come to expect from Criterion releases although I personally would have preferred just the Bluray without the dvds which are surplus to my requirements. Still the special features here like the two-hour documentary on Ozu's life as well as the 40-minute tribute to the director from 1993 are excellent additions. The uncompressed mono soundtrack is good enough for a mostly dialogue driven film anyway.

    Ozu tells the story in his own inimitable style of a family with aging parents and how each member relates to each other as they each deal with having to make personal sacrifices to deal with this issue. Although never explicitly stated the wonderful script and acting implies the children each had varying experiences growing up with their parents and some such as the oldest sister appears to still bear resentment against her father for his wild younger drinking days for example. The filial daughter-in-law never had to experience the younger days and hence appears to be better able to accept the elderly couple in their older more mellow days.

    The beauty of this story and the way Ozu tells it is that despite its "simple" plotline the actual complexity of one's feelings towards one's parents being able to forgive past slights and to establish relationships that alter over the years is so expertly brought to the surface here that one feels sympathy with all the characters.
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