The British Film Institute (BFI) has announced the upcoming release of director Yasujiro Ozu’s brilliant cinematic depiction of life in Japan, Tokyo Story (1953) on a 4K restoration Blu-ray edition.
A constant fixture in critic’s polls, Tokyo Story is Yasujirô Ozu’s most enduring masterpiece and a beautifully nuanced exploration of filial duty, expectation and regret. From the simple tale of an elderly couple’s visit to their grown-up children in Tokyo, Ozu draws a compelling contrast between the measured dignity of age and the hurried insensitivity of a younger generation.
Also included on the release is Ozu’s incisive satire, Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (1941), which explores similar themes, as, following the death of her husband, Mrs. Toda and her youngest daughter receive a frosty reception from the extended family.
Release date: June 15, 2020
- Director: Yasujiro Ozu
- Cast: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura
- Country: Japan
- Production Year: 1953
- Discs: 1 Blu-ray Disc
- Region: B
- Run Time: 136 minutes
- Formats: Black and white / 4K / 1.33:1
- Audio: Japanese
- Subtitle: English
- Studio: The British Film Institute (BFI)
- 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM, with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- An Introduction to Tokyo Story (2020, 26 mins): Asian-cinema expert Tony Rayns provides an introduction to Ozu’s most acclaimed film
- Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (1941, 105 mins): following the death of her husband, Mrs Toda realizes she has been left with sizeable debts and an extended family reluctant to support her
- Talking with Ozu (1993, 40 mins): a tribute to the legendary director featuring filmmakers Lindsay Anderson, Claire Denis, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Aki Kaurismäki, Stanley Kwan, Paul Schrader, and Wim Wenders
- Furnival and Son (1948, 19 mins): recounts the difficult choice a recently demobbed serviceman has to make between an unexpected job offer elsewhere and resuming his pre-war position as his father’s right-hand man in their small cutlery firm, Furnival and Son
- Image gallery
- First pressing only: Fully illustrated booklet including an essay by Professor Joan Mellen, archival writing by John Gillett and Lindsay Anderson and a biography of Yasujirô Ozu by Tony Rayns
Tokyo Story (1953) trailer
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