Tokyo Story (Tôkyô monogatari) Reviews

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October 2, 2020
This is one of the best Ozu films I have ever seen, a very powerful shomin-geki oeuvre about the decomposition of the family in postwar Japan westernized society. [Full review in Spanish]
July 14, 2020
Ozu's film is a beautiful piece of art and cinema.
June 15, 2020
A nuanced tale of family ties and growing apart.
April 27, 2020
Ozu counters the interiority of the drama with just enough hints of the outside world to reflect the irreparable passing of time which is so crucial to the film's sentiment.
April 5, 2020
If everyone in the world took the time to watch Tokyo Story, there would be no more wars, negativity or Twitter. There would only be love, life and lots of sake.
January 6, 2020
After seeing so many busy, ostentatious films with histrionic, even hysterical, direction, it is a relief to see one that is quiet and composed and tells its story in the most unobtrusive manner possible.
July 5, 2017
It's not until the heartbreaking denouement you realise how immersive Tokyo Story is, and how it snuck up on you and worked its way into your heart.
April 7, 2015
It's entirely possible that Tokyo Story isn't the best movie ever made. But I suspect that it might be the most perfect.
April 6, 2015
[VIDEO ESSAY] Yasujirô Ozu's beloved masterpiece of postwar Japanese cinema speaks to audiences from all backgrounds because of the cross-generational familial truths that the prolific director/co-writer lovingly metes out.
December 19, 2013
It soon becomes clear that they have planned their trip at a bad time; it is equally clear that every time is a bad time.
July 19, 2012
With its debt to Leo McCarey's 'Make Way for Tomorrow,' Yasujiro Ozu's 'Tokyo Story' is no less true, shattering, and not for viewers fretting about unsympathetic grown-up children.
November 24, 2010
In this exquisite merging of specific and universal, infinite and infinitesimal, Tokyo Story perhaps most clearly illuminates that Ozu is not the most Japanese of filmmakers, but the most human.
November 23, 2010
Ozu's long shots, knee-high camera placement, and collapsed perspective -- as gorgeous and unsettling as a Cézanne -- gather power over the duration, but time itself is the master's most potent weapon.
September 1, 2010
Ozu has made a film as simple in form and complex in nature as life itself. Here, every viewer is cast as a tourist, and yet will feel right at home.
May 18, 2010
These characters never surprise us with anything showy, lurid, or sensational. They're ordinary human beings, treated with fierce attention that feels like deep respect.
January 5, 2010
This remains one of the most approachable and moving of all cinema's masterpieces.
January 5, 2010
Ozu may have made subtler films, but the clarity of his social critique here is wrenching and unassailable.
January 5, 2010
Newcomers to Ozu must be prepared for a rigidly controlled work with no mobile-camera shots. This style elegantly frames the delicate performances, which in turn do justice to the wisdom and compassion of Ozu's view of life.
January 5, 2010
Ostensibly a snapshot of postwar Japan in the midst of profound cultural change, it is the movie's painful depiction of familial disintegration that remains universal today.
January 5, 2010
This 1953 classic is one of the cinema's most profound and moving studies of married love, ageing and the relations between parents and children. It is flawless and rewards numerous viewings.
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