Tokyo Story (Tôkyô monogatari) Reviews

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.
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
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
Ozu only has to train his camera on a face to uncover a sense of resignation, or longing, or loneliness, and the mood, if you allow it, becomes quite overwhelming.
January 1, 2010
February 9, 2006
The way Ozu builds up emotional empathy for a sense of disappointment in its various characters is where his mastery lies.
April 9, 2004
The already towering reputation of this film and its director continues only to grow.
January 15, 2004
It ennobles the cinema. It says, yes, a movie can help us make small steps against our imperfections.
January 13, 2004
One of the great classics of world cinema.
May 21, 2003
Luminous in its freedom from the sentimentality or the satire that so often obscure an artist's vision of normal living.