Called the “crowning achievement” of Yasujiro Ozu’s storied career by Janus Films, Tokyo Story is an emotional tale of generational conflict in post-war Japan.
Living comfortably in the Japanese countryside, retired couple Shukichi and Tomi Hirayama decide to travel to Tokyo to visit their son and daughter, now grown up and working in the city. Unfortunately, their children, preoccupied with their respective careers, are unwilling to make time to see them. It falls to Noriko, the widow of their late son Shoji, to entertain them during their stay in the bustling city. Navigating questions of family and cultural upheaval, it’s a heartfelt story tailor-made for the then-new, democratic Japan.
Receiving a rare 100% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Tokyo Story was also selected by Sight and Sound magazine as the best film of all time in 2012.
The Frida Cinema is proud to present Tokyo Story as part of our Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month series of films recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. A portion of ticket proceeds from screenings of Tokyo Story will be donated to Stop AAPI Hate, an initiative launched by the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University in response to the alarming escalation of acts of xenophobia and bigotry against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Learn more at stopaapihate.org.
“Ozu’s long shots, knee-high camera placement, and collapsed perspective — as gorgeous and unsettling as a Cézanne — gather power over the duration, but time itself is the master’s most potent weapon” — Eric Hynes, Village Voice
“Ostensibly a snapshot of postwar Japan in the midst of profound cultural change, it is the movie’s painful depiction of familial disintegration that remains universal today.” — Kevin Maher, Times (UK)
“Ozu’s film is a beautiful piece of art and cinema.” — Kelechi Ehenulo, VultureHound