Tokyo Chorus (Tokyo no kôrasu) (1931)
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Critic Reviews for Tokyo Chorus (Tokyo no kôrasu)
This slice of life film represents a turning point in Ozu's career, as it marks the beginning period of his more mature films.
... Ozu fills the film with deft sight gags, many thanks to the antics of the son, yet there's undercurrent of desperation to the comedy.
Audience Reviews for Tokyo Chorus (Tokyo no kôrasu)
ozu stubbornly continued making silent films until 1935 but this charming piece feels more modern than many western productions of the period. ozu has a way of observing everyday life that makes his characters feel so familiar and so natural. this gentle comedy follows the difficulties of a family man who loses his job during the depression and must find a way to make ends meet for his wife and 3 young children: very moving and real. the opening scenes reflect the director's love of harold lloyd and buster keaton works. i need to see some more of these altho i wouldn't recommend ozu to everyone: he's kind of...anti-dramatic
[font=Century Gothic]In "Tokyo Chorus," Shinji Okajima(Tokihiko Okada) is a father of three who works at an insurance company in Tokyo. It is the time of year when the company dispenses its annual bonuses. Knowing this very well, his son(Hideo Sugawara) is asking for a bicycle since all the other kids in the neighborhood have one. Despite the badly slumping economy, the bonus turns out to be larger than expected but Yamada(Takeshi Sakamoto), an older colleague, is fired for some bad luck in selling policies. Feeling this is naturally unfair, Shinji goes into his boss'(Reiko Tani) office to argue his case and is also fired.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Directed by Yasujiro Ozu, "Tokyo Chorus" is a delightful, yet bittersweet movie about the tough choices a family man has to make in the working world, especially during a depression. Throughout a movie full of memorable images, it remains clear that people should not be blamed for events outside of their control. It can happen to the best of us.[/font]
A gentle and amusing light comedy (plus mild social commentary) from Ozu. Nothing here will wow you, but it's as good as any similar American comedy. Some pretty good gags, and the story is economically told with a likeable set of characters.
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