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"Tokyo Story" (1953)

Tokyo Story (東京物語, Tōkyō Monogatari) is a 1953 Japanese drama film directed by Yasujirō Ozu and starring Chishū Ryū and Chieko Higashiyama about an aging couple who travel to Tokyo to visit their grown children. Upon initial release, it did not immediately gain international recognition and was considered "too Japanese" to be marketable by Japanese film exporters. It was screened in 1957 in London, where it won the inaugural Sutherland Trophy the following year, and received praise from U.S. film critics after a 1972 screening in New York City.

Tokyo Story is widely regarded as Ozu's masterpiece and today as one of the greatest films in history of cinema. In 2012, it was voted the greatest film of all time in a poll of film directors by Sight & Sound magazine. 

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu
Screenplay by Kōgo Noda, Yasujirō Ozu
Produced by Takeshi Yamamoto


Starring:    
Setsuko Hara
Chishū Ryū
Chieko Higashiyama
Kyōko Kagawa
Haruko Sugimura
So Yamamura
Kuniko Miyake
Shirō Ōsaka
Eijirō Tōno
Nobuo Nakamura
Hisao Toake
Mutsuko Sakura
Toyo Takahashi
Sachiko Mitani


Cinematography by Yūharu Atsuta
Edited by Yoshiyasu Hamamura
Music by Takanobu Saitō
Production Company: Shochiku
Distributed by Shochiku


Release date    
November 3, 1953


Running time: 136 minutes
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Box office: ¥132 million (Japan rentals)
177,456 tickets (Europe)

Official Trailer