A retired Japanese couple travel to stay with their now grown-up children, but they are so busy with their own lives that they do not have time to show them around. Instead it is left to their daughter-in-law who offers to inconvenience herself so she can show her in-laws around.
Ozu's Tokyo Story is often called a masterpiece with very good reason. The cast do an excellent job, managing to make you feel all the more emotional by saying nothing at all. The director also uses the back drop of Japan to wonderful effect, both exaggerating the coldness the parents feel from their children as well as the warmth from their daughter-in-law.
Reviewed by Kim Newman
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