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  • Director: Yasujirô Ozu 
  • Country: Japan
  • Year: 1935
  • Film Rating: U
  • Run-time: 130 min
  • Tickets £6/£4.50 conc
  • Doors 7pm
  • Film 7.30pm

Deptford Cinema presents a retrospective of the indelible Japanese auteur Yasujirô Ozu.

"A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujirô Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple’s journey to visit their grown children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director’s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director’s recurring theme of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of cinema’s mightiest masterpieces." 

Topping the Sight and Sound Director’s Poll in 2012, the final part of Yasujirô Ozu’s ‘Noriko’ trilogy is the devastating story of elderly grandparents cast aside by their self-involved relatives. Tokyo Story examines the slow fracturing of the Japanese family with quiet resignation, capturing a bittersweet truth about humanity that endures to this day.

In this exquisite merging of specific and universal, infinite and infinitesimal, Tokyo Story perhaps most clearly illuminates that Ozu is not the most Japanese of filmmakers, but the most human.
— Christian Blauvelt, Slant Magazine
One of the greatest films of all time.
— Roger Ebert