Ranked #4 Sight and Sound Poll, 2022
A constant fixture on greatest films polls, Tokyo Story (1953) is Yasujiro Ozu’s most enduring masterpiece and a beautifully nuanced exploration of familial duty, expectations and regret.
From the simple tale of an elderly couple’s visit to their grown up children in Tokyo, master filmmaker Ozu highlights the compelling contrast between the old and the new, the measured dignity of age and the hurried insensitivity of a new generation. Remastered in 4K with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack, this classic film has been restored with new life.
Also included is Ozu’s family satire Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (1941), where following the death of her husband, Mrs. Toda and her youngest daughter deal with the frosty reception from extended family, along with tributes from directors such as Claire Denis, Hou Hsaio-hsien and Paul Schrader.