Irish Film Institute -TOKYO STORY 4K


Director: Yasujirô Ozu

135 mins, Japan, 1953, 4K Digital, Subtitled, Black & White

Considered one of the greatest of all filmmakers both at home and abroad, Yasujirô Ozu’s work is admired for its sensitive, compassionate depictions of inter-generational familial relationships and conflicts, while his innovative methods of visual and narrative storytelling have come to be hugely influential. In 2012, directors polled by Sight & Sound voted Tokyo Story, now re-released in a 4K digital restoration, the greatest film ever made. Inspired by Leo McCarey’s heartbreaking Make Way For Tomorrow (1937), it sees an elderly couple all but shunned by their petulant children, who bloviate about their own concerns even as tragedy strikes. Ozu’s discreet directorial style places the emphasis on the dialogue and the nuanced performances of the performers, particularly Chishū Ryū and Chieko Higashiyama as the aged parents whose dignity stands in marked contrast to the younger generation’s insensitivity.

Notes by Kevin Coyne

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