"Tokyo Story (1953)" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

As part of an express train, before the eyes of life sweeps. Very soon she will get the taste of rubber "junior lunch" and the kind of faceless Tokyo skyscraper. Forgotten words thorns traditions of their ancestors, and the new generation detached from its roots, the frantic rhythm obeying cities, cease to notice, which disappeared the brief moment between the first school bell and wake-up ritual drum sound. It will be very soon, but for now the yard in 1953, and has not yet become film classics Yasujiro Ozu takes off his "Tokyo Story." Though, probably, there would be more accurate to say: "Continues to shoot his" never-ending story. " Japanese family history of degradation and self-consciousness of the Japanese during the Europeanization (or - Americanization). National culture and lifestyle
plot of the picture, as is typical for the director, casual and unremarkable. Elderly couple - Sukisi and Tom - arrives in Tokyo to visit their adult children. But, showing external reverence, anxious daily affairs offspring hope that the visit will not be long. Events are moving slowly, even meditative. Dialogues are reduced to exchange short remarks. Timing of the film is greatly increased due to filming long empty interior. Ozu true to himself. As in all of his films, he himself builds the frame and fixes the camera with a 50 mm lens on a personally constructed as a tripod, and then each member of the crew feared inadvertently dislodge it. Even operator Yukhari Atsuta, worked all his life with one director. The director, who was a dictator on kinoploschadke ready to spend twenty takes of one scene, while the actors do not fulfill what he had in mind. By the way, in "Tokyo Story" once again involved favorite on-screen duo film artists: Chishū Ryū again after the "Late Spring" played a touching father's family, and Setsuko Hare reappeared as embodied virtues - the widow of the deceased in the war son Sukisi and Tomi, single, gave the heat a piece of old people.
Trying to catch something very important, but the Unexplained in the lens of an old favorite "Mitchell", Ozu cuts off all unnecessary, finding a way to perfection in austerity. In "Tokyo story" it cost a minimum of artistic means, being able, however, for more than two hours to fully seize the viewer's attention. Ozu's secret to success is simple, but the simplest way to acquire them. All the matter in an endless director of wisdom, which after his death continued to marvel at colleagues on the set. The ability to make a movie, like, and a well defined family Hiroyama, but at the same time - on any family of any age. The picture is riddled patriotic nostalgia for the traditional way and at the same time - an international pain arising as if cut by shards of broken human relationships
without unnecessary melodrama, deliberately avoiding speculation on the audience emotions, vendersovsky "angel movie" tells a story about fathers and. children. A story that is repeated again and again and again. Parents will be given all the best for her children, and then to release them into adulthood, where the elderly have no place. The tragedy of old age alone. Even, perhaps, in the unrealized hopes, because children do not always get what they designate. But almost always, leaving his father's house, they move away from their parents by taking a dip in their own problems. This is the law of life, and Yasujiro Ozu is not trying to change it. He does not condemn, but does not justify. Only barred seals as for the dead tears instantly dry up, when it comes to sharing their simple belongings. As formal family ties are stronger than blood. Fixes unconscious businesslike youth and a pathetic uselessness of old age. External and internal stimuli respectful. Or external understanding and inner bitterness. In all this there is a barely perceptible melancholy, but at the same time - humility. There is no point lamenting when you can neither change the nature of things, nor the nature of people. One can only admire the sunrise. That Sukisi says it was a beautiful sunrise.

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