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Tokyo Monogatari (Japan Version) DVD Region 2

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Tokyo Monogatari (Japan Version)
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Product Title: Tokyo Monogatari (Japan Version) 東京物語 (日本版) 东京物语 (日本版) 東京物語 TV版 Toukyoumonogatariterebiban
Artist Name(s): Yachigusa Kaoru | Matsu Takako | Takenaka Naoto | Amami Yuki | Kaneko Ken | Utsui Ken | Muroi Shigeru | Tani Kei | Tanihara Shosuke | Fukaura Kanako | Miyamoto Rieko 八千草薰 | 松隆子 | 竹中直人 | 天海祐希 | 金子賢 | 宇津井健 | 室井滋 | 谷啟 | 谷原章介 | 深浦加奈子 | 宮本理江子 八千草薰 | 松隆子 | 竹中直人 | 天海佑希 | 金子贤 | 宇津井健 | 室井滋 | 谷启 | 谷原章介 | 深浦加奈子 | Miyamoto Rieko ヤチグサ | 永田優子 | 松たか子 | 竹中直人 | 天海祐希 | 金子賢 | 宇津井健 | 室井滋 | 谷啓 | 谷原章介 | 深浦加奈子 | 宮本理江子 Yachigusa Kaoru | 마츠 타카코 | Takenaka Naoto | Amami Yuki | Kaneko Ken | Utsui Ken | Muroi Shigeru | Tani Kei | Tanihara Shosuke | Fukaura Kanako | Miyamoto Rieko
Release Date: 2003-07-25
Publisher Product Code: DA-249
Language: Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: Shochiku Home Video
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1002835834

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宇津井健 / 八千草薫 / 松たか子 / 室井滋 / 永田優子 (脚本)

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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November 14, 2014

This customer review refers to Tokyo Story (Hong Kong Version)
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With "Tokyo Story", director Ozu Yasujiro employs the simplest of stories to create one of the greatest films of all time. Elderly couple Shukichi (Chishu Ryu) and Tomi Hirayama (Higashiyama Chieko) journey from their remote hometown to Tokyo to visit their adult offspring, the doctor Koichi (Yamamura So) and the beauty parlor owner Shige (Sugimura Haruko). Koichi and Shige, however, are caught up in the busy-ness of their daily lives and so fail to offer much time at all to spend with their loving parents. Only their childless daughter-in-law Noriko (Hara Setsuko), whose husband died eight years earlier in the final year of the second world war, takes the time from her work and personal life to welcome the old couple.

Koichi and Shige, on the other hand, rather than embracing the old folks, dispatch them to a hot springs spa characterized by loud music, drinking, and all-night mahjong games. Shukichi and Tomi take the hint and decide that it is time to head home. On the journey home, Tomi falls seriously ill. Ironically, with Tomi in a coma from which she will not awake, her adult children now make the time to return to their hometown to grieve the loss of the mother whom days earlier they ignored.

The film, while developing timeless themes, is anchored in the Japan of 1953, in which the nation was struggling to get off its back after the devastation of World War 2. Ozu brings his distinctive visual style to the film, using his characteristic tatami-mat camera angles, having his characters speak directly into the camera, and employing connecting shots featuring trains and smokestacks. "Tokyo Story" boasts several notable performances, particularly Chishu Ryu convincingly playing a man a good 20 years older than Chishu's actual age, Hara Setsuko particularly brilliant in a late scene in which she confesses her conflicting emotions to her father-in-law, and Sugimura Haruko as the unfailingly cheap and calculating hairdresser. Truly, a cinematic classic.
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