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Tokyo Story

Yasujiro Ozu

 
Tokyo Story (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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  • Japan
  • 1953
  • 137 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
  •  
  • Spine #217

A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple’s journey to visit their grown children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director’s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director’s recurring theme of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of cinema’s mightiest masterpieces.

Disc Features

  • New digital restoration from a 4K film, transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Yasujiro Ozu scholar David Desser, editor of Ozu’s “Tokyo Story”
  • I Lived, But . . . , a two-hour documentary from 1983 about Ozu’s life and career, featuring interviews with critics and former cast and crew members
  • Talking with Ozu, a forty-minute tribute to the director from 1993, featuring the reflections of filmmakers Lindsay Anderson, Claire Denis, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Aki Kaurismäki, Stanley Kwan, Paul Schrader, and Wim Wenders
  • Documentary from 1988 about actor Chishu Ryu’s career at Shochiku’s Ofuna studios, featuring a lengthy interview with Ryu
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Bordwell

    New cover illustration by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

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Tokyo Story: Compassionate Detachment

By David Bordwell November 18, 2013

In his restrained masterpiece of family life, Yasujiro Ozu makes something extraordinary from the ordinary. Read more »

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The Signature Style of Yasujiro Ozu

December 11, 2015

With his singular and unwavering style, Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu disregarded the established rules of cinema and created a visual language all his own. Precise compositions, contemplative . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

Tokyostory_current_thumbnail

Tokyo Story: Compassionate Detachment

By David Bordwell November 18, 2013

In his restrained masterpiece of family life, Yasujiro Ozu makes something extraordinary from the ordinary. Read more »


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News

Ozu Season

January 05, 2010

The holidays are finally over, but a different winter celebration is just beginning in London. This week, BFI Southbank is beginning its Yasujiro Ozu “season,” made up of two parallel sections: . . . Read more »


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Family Affairs

December 18, 2008

Check out Chris Ware’s lovely tribute to Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story on the cover of the November/December Cinefamily calendar. The Cinefamily shows its eclectic (“exceptional, distinctive, . . . Read more »

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