Tokyo Stories: Tokyo Story (1953)

Hoezo in Kino

We are starting our journey around Tokyo right with Yasujirô Ozu’s intimate tale about the demographic shift from rural to urban life in post-war Japan. Ozu is considered to be a master of classic Japanese cinema. With his static shots – often shot at knee level – the director creates a familiarity with the characters. The film may be 65 years old, but it did not lose its emotional impact.

Regie: Yasujirô Ozu

Cast: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura



Land: Japan

Speelduur: 136 minuten

Ondertiteling: Dutch


In the small coastal village Onomichi live the retired Shukishi and his wife Tomi Hiroshima with their youngest daughter, schoolteacher Kyoko. When they decide to travel to Tokyo to visit their other two children, doctor Koichi and hairdresser Shige, they soon come to realize that they are not particularly welcome. Challenged by indifference, impatience and selfishness, the elderly couple returns home to face a tragedy that changes their children’s views forever. A moving confrontation between two generations.

Presented in Japanese with Dutch subtitles.