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The City of Tokyo, Japan

The Japanese Story

complied by: Mr. Roger M. Christian

A national idenity of delicate balances.

In his films Yasujiro Ozu tells of several contrasting elements which makes upon Japanese lifestyles.

Thus in the Synopsis of these films we find this ... 'Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story (Tokyo Monogatari) follows an aging couple, Tomi and Sukichi, on their journey from their rural village to visit their two married children in bustling, post-war Tokyo. Their reception is disappointing: too busy to entertain them, their children send them off to a health spa. After Tomi falls ill she and Sukichi return home, while the children, grief-stricken, hasten to be with her. From a simple tale unfolds one of the greatest of all Japanese films. Starring Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, the film reprises one of the director's favorite themes—that of generational conflict—in a way that is quintessentially Japanese and yet so universal in its appeal that it continues to resonate as one of cinema’s greatest masterpieces." as an Exmple.

Then in an Amazon website we find Zack Davison giving his review on .. Tokyo Story - Criterion Collection: Keiko Kishi,Tadao Sato,Kie Nakai,Chikage Awashima,Tatsuya Jô,Kashiko Kawakita,Haruko Sugimura,Yôko Tsukasa .. which he states.>

"The story seems so simple, an elderly couple leaves the country to visit their children who have moved away to Tokyo. Country folk meet city folk, age meets youth, life meets death. There are no big blow-ups, no crisis points reached or contrived dramas, just life flowing along as it does. In Ozu's gentle hands, the entire story is told between the lines, with perhaps not a single sentence of direct dialog spoken in the film. Under the calm surface is an ocean of depth, emotions flowing with an unstoppable power, yet never able to breach the veneer of etiquette and politeness.">

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