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Tokyo Story / Cinematheque




This film was voted the best movie of all time in a Filmmaker poll conducted by Sight and Sound magazine earlier this year. There were 358 directors surveyed—including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Francis Coppola, Quentin Tarantino and Mike Leigh.

(It ranked #3 on the critic’s poll).


Having seen one of Ozu’s films—I can tell you that he does require patience from the viewer because there are no “tricks”—the camera passively observes human nature unfold. You will also be immersed in Japanese life and culture: his characters are ordinary people, living their lives at a particular place in the 1950’s.


 6:45PM MOVIE at Cinematheque
Meet us in the lobby about 15 minutes ahead of time or look for the group inside the theater or meet us afterward not too far from the ticket office.

Tokyo Story--synopsis:

An elderly couple journey to Tokyo to visit their children and are confronted by indifference, ingratitude and selfishness. When the parents are packed off to a resort by their impatient children, the film deepens into an unbearably moving meditation on mortality.



Discussion right after at Cinematheque CIA Lounge with CWRU Professor-expert on Japanese Film.

We will grab a bite to eat AFTER the discussion at CIA a nearby location.





The Village Voice

The fact is that Yasujirô Ozu’s Tokyo Story (1953) is one of the great achievements in cinematic history…. But such talk risks pinning behind glass a work of art that still has the power to astonish, disrupt, and shatter hearts…Ozu’s long shots, knee-high camera placement, and collapsed perspective—as gorgeous and unsettling as a Cézanne—gather power over the duration, but time itself is the master’s most potent weapon. Protracted sequences make you impatient for forward motion, but then, in an instant, you’re left to mourn beauties hastened away.….

Roger Ebert

Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story" tells a tale as simple and universal as life itself.


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  • Renu

    We are so lucky to have the Cinematheque! Incredible film and great discussion. Thanks to all who came.

    October 29, 2012

  • Jims

    What a great movie. I hadn't seen many Ozu films, but I can see pure genius in the characters and situation.

    October 28, 2012

  • Carol P.

    An almost painfully intimate, beautifully rendered look at family and family life. Many thanks to Renu for organizing and to those who came for their thoughts and conversation.

    October 27, 2012

  • Renu


    Reservations at Guarinos have been cancelled!!

    October 27, 2012

  • Cindy M.

    This one sounds familiar. Did we see it at the CIFF a few years ago?

    October 7, 2012

    • Jims

      There was a movie with Tokyo in the title, but that was a modern film composed of multiple stories / directors. This movie is a genuine classic

      October 7, 2012

    • Tanya

      Cherry Blossoms is the movie you are thinking of I believe.

      October 26, 2012

  • Barb P

    I was scheduled to see the Earrings of Madame De but missed it due to being ill with a sinus infection-apologies! Looking forward to this one!

    October 13, 2012

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