Saturday Matinee Classics
Listed at #1 in Halliwell’s Top 1000 countdown of the world’s best cinema, and voted among the five best films ever made in Sight and Sound magazine’s ten yearly poll of critics worldwide, Tokyo Story is perhaps the most powerful reflection on the human condition ever committed to celluloid. When an elderly couple travel to a rapidly-rebuilding Tokyo to visit their children, they are met with unexpected indifference, ingratitude and selfishness. As the vastly different priorities of pre- and post-war Japan collide, Yasujiro Ozu’s masterpiece deepens into a sublime meditation on family, ambition and mortality. Considered by many to be the greatest film ever made, Tokyo Story is a subtle yet overwhelmingly emotional drama from one of Japan’s finest directors whose masterful eye and scrupulous attention to character has influenced countless filmmakers around the world.
Japan, 1953, 136 minutes, Not Rated, Directed by Yasujirô Ozu