YasujirōOzu

1953 | 136 min | B/W | DCP

" Tokyo Story has regularly placed on the top ten lists of greatest films of all time, along with Rules Of the Game , The Passion of Joan of Arc , and Citizen Kane . It should be seen at least once, if not once a year. An elderly couple journeys to Tokyo to visit their children and are confronted by indifference, ingratitude, and self-absorption. The traditional tatami-and-tea domesticity fairly crackles with vexation and discontent; only the placid daughter-in-law ( Setsuko Hara , summoning up a life of disappointment) shows any kindness to the old people. When they are packed off to a resort by their impatient children, the film deepens into an unbearably moving meditation on mortality.” – Harvard Film Archive