Tokyo Story* (Tokyo Monogatari)

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Tokyo Story* (Tokyo Monogatari)

  • 1953 ----- b & w ----- 130 min ----- vhs
  • (Directed by Yasujiro Ozu, screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu; with Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama) An elderly couple from the country travel to the city to visit their children. The grown children have lives of their own, in the bustling city fashion, and have little time for their parents. On the way home, the wife dies leaving the elderly husband alone to deal with life, without the help or understanding of his children. A simple story told very simply from this most Japanese of Japanese directors. In fact the film did not appear in the U. S. for almost twenty years after its premiere--"too Japanese" to be understood by outsiders. But a masterpiece is a masterpiece is a masterpiece and communicates its meaning across all boundaries. [Funded by the Department of Comparative Literature] (In Japanese with English subtitles) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Anthropology: Cultural, Asian Languages and Literature, Death and Dying, Family Life, Gerontology, Japan, Motion Pictures: Features)