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Tokyo Story (Hong Kong Version) VCD

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Tokyo Story (Hong Kong Version)
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Product Title: Tokyo Story (Hong Kong Version) 東京物語 (香港版) 东京物语 (香港版) Tokyo Story (Overseas Version) Tokyo Story (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Kagawa Kyoko | Hara Setsuko | Kasatomi Shu 香川京子 | 原節子 | 笠智眾 香川 京子 | 原节子 | 笠智众 香川京子 | 原節子 | 笠智衆 Kagawa Kyoko | Hara Setsuko | Kasatomi Shu
Release Date: 2004-06-03
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): VCD
Rating: I
Duration: 136 (mins)
Publisher: Shu Kei Creative Work (HK)
Other Information: 2VCDs
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003536556

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導演︰小津安二郎
Director: Yasujiro Ozu

  平山周吉和登美是一對上了年紀的夫婦,倆口子的生活略感孤獨寂寞無聊,於是決定往東京一行,探望已經成家立室的兒女。他們興緻勃勃地抵達,但卻受到頗為冷淡的招待。兒子、媳婦、女兒、女婿都因生活的重壓而相當忙碌,無暇招呼兩老,因此建議他們去熱海渡假,表面上是讓他們有個鬆弛和遊覽的機會,實際上卻是希望擺脫他們。只有年輕守寡的媳婦紀子,對他們比較關懷和體貼。

  就在兩老返回老家不久,兒女們便接到母親病重的電報。他們遂回鄉探訪病勢危殆的母親,後者已經無法辨認他們。葬禮之後,兒女們又匆匆忙忙地趕著回東京,只有紀子多留數天,陪伴暮年喪偶的老人家。紀子承認守寡對她而言是相當困難的事,老人便勸她改嫁。然後,平山老先生孤獨地守在屋裡,想著他將要渡過的孤苦的晚年。

  Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu’s economical style reaches its zenith in this deceptively simple 1953 story of an elderly couple in rural Japan who go to visit their married children in Tokyo. They find a cold welcome from their two urbanized children who were too busy with work and their own lives to pay them any attention. After an unpleasant trip to a noisy spa, the mother spends a pleasant night with the widow of their other son (who had died in the war). But on their return trip, she falls ill and the family reunites one last time at her sickbed. Within this simple framework, Ozu creates a quiet but profound drama of the changing face of Japanese culture and the loss of traditional values in modern society. Ozu’s graceful style, understated direction, and rich evocation of character creates an elegantly realized world of dignity in the face of disappointment and loss.
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November 14, 2014

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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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