Tokyo Story: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1953) / Region 1
Tokyo Story: The Criterion Collection

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Tokyo Story: The Criterion Collection

Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story follows an aging couple, Tomi and Shukichi, as they journey from their rural village to visit their two married children in bustling, postwar Tokyo. Their reception, however, is disappointing: too busy to entertain them, their children send them off to the hot springs. After Tomi falls ill, she and Shukuchi return home; 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 universal in its appeal.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Aug 01 2003
  • Production Year 1953
  • Empire SKU 547608
  • UPC Code 037429183922
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL


Disc One
Audio Commentary by Ozu-Film Scholar David Desser, Editor of Ozu's Tokyo Story, a Compilation of Writings and Reviews About the Film
Original Theatrical Trailer

Disc Two
I Lived But... (1983), a Two-Hour Documentary About the Life and Career of Ozu, Featuring Former Assistant Shohei Imamura, Critics Donald Richie and Tadao Sato, Actors Chishu Ryu, Mariko Okada, Haruko Sugimora, and Many Others.
Talking With Ozu (1993), a 40-minute Tribute to Ozu Featuring Reflections from Directors Stanley Kwan, Aki Kaurismaki, Claire Denis, Lindsay Anderson, Paul Schrader, Wim Wenders, and Hou Hsiao-hsien
New Essay by David Bordwell, Author of Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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