Tokyo Story

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October 22, 2016

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An elderly couple journey to Tokyo to visit their children and are confronted by indifference, ingratitude and selfishness. When the parents are packed off to a resort by their impatient children, the film deepens into an unbearably moving meditation on mortality. Written by Paul Watabe

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Release Date:

3 November 1953 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Tokyo Story See more »

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136 min

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1 See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Yasujirô Ozu: [movie posters] Ozu pays tribute to his cinematic influences by putting all kinds of film posters all over the wall in his films. In this movie, there are posters in Noriko's workplace (around 36:42 minutes in), Shige's hairdressing salon (57:00) and finally in the bar (1:12:00). Sadly, these films are hard to identify because the posters are obscured by the parts of the background. See more »


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[as children get older, they drift away from their parents]
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