Tokyo Story' DVD,Yasujiro Ozu (1953), New & Sealed
A fantastic film that belies the simplicity of its plot, Tokyo Story is the tale of a vacation gone sadly awry, with an elderly man and woman visiting from the countryside pushed to the sidelines by their busy children in the city. The younger generation (and by extension the 'new' Japan) turns its back on the family from which it arose- because of selfishness, because of necessity, or because it's simply the way of the world. The movie provides no easy answers- its melancholy ambiguity is part of its charm. Whatever the case, Ozu delights in portraying the details of everyday life. The emotional resonances of this movie are extraordinary, and some shots (a child picking flowers, an old couple framed by the sea, a woman sitting forlornly at her work desk) are enough to give a sensitive film-goer the shivers. Despite the testimony of some critics, the film is not totally devoid of melodramatic elements (some stock characters and cloying musical motifs spring readily to mind), but the film is founded upon such an obvious love and respect for the importance of real-world interactions that it's hard not to be anything other than enthralled by it.
Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Chishu Ryu .... Shukishi Hirayama
Chieko Higashiyama .... Tomi Hirayama
Setsuko Hara .... Noriko
Haruko Sugimura .... Shige Kaneko
So Yamamura .... Same per
Kuniko Miyake .... Fumiko
Kyoko Kagawa .... Kyoko
Eijiro Tono .... Sanpei Numata
Nobuo Nakamura .... Kurazo Kaneko
Shiro Osaka .... Osako, Shiro
Hisao Toake .... Osamu Hattori
Teruko Nagaoka .... Yone
Mutsuko Sakura .... Patron of the Oden Restaurant
Toyoko Takahashi .... Shukichi Hirayama's Neighbor
Toru Abe .... Tetsudo-shokuin
Video: Stardard 1.33:1 / NTSC format
Audio: Dolby Digital / 5.1 Surround Sound
Subtitles: English / Chinese / Japanese / None
Coding: All Code System (compatible with almost all DVD players).
Runtime: 136 Mins.
Colour: Black & White