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on March 19, 2017
Aged couple living in a country visits Tokyo to see how their sons and daughters are getting along there. However, they are too busy to welcome their father and mother. A bit disappointed after spending several days there, the old man and wife return home and she dies of stroke…. Slow, but moving. The film well deserves your patience because you will find yourself in the same situaion as they are with their mother passing away, and simultaneously, you will have to share their father's solitude, sadness of bereavement and difficulties of human relationships that anyone is destined to face sooner or later in their lives. This is Director Ozu’s masterpiece leading you to see what you really are, what the family means to you, through which you would recognize the impossibilities of love. In 2012, Sight and Sound, the British Film Institute-issued magazine, ranked “Tokyo Story” all-time best film.
Of many different DVD versions that are available, this Criterion blu ray is the most excellent. The black & white contrast has never been more intense and the sound quality is greatly improved. Now that the 35mm original negative film has been lost, the restoration might be the best ever. Strongly recommended.