東京物語 / Tōkyō Monogatari: An aging couple travel to visit their children in Tokyo, who all seem to be too busy with their lives to pay any attention to them. The perfect introduction to the work of one of cinema’s great masters, Yasujirô Ozu.
Admired and celebrated by the filmmaking community as one of the greatest films of all time. Slowly paced and emotionally deep, yet void of any faux melodrama and cheap sentimentality.
Ozu’s unique style manages to evoke emotion from the viewer with a very specific rhythm, narrative ellipsis, and a signature low-angle static camera (famed for his love of the 50mm lens).
Simple only on the surface. Despite being an excellent portrait of Japanese culture and custom, the film touches upon subjects that are the same throughout all of humanity. Wise, powerful and thought-provoking film about family, aging and life.
Tokyo Story Cast: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura, Setsuko Hara, Haruko Sugimura, Kyōko Kagawa