A crowning achievement in the filmography of unparalleled Japanese auteur Yasujiro Ozu, Tokyo Story carefully charts an ageing couple’s journey into the city to visit their children. Both children – their son, a suburban doctor, and their daughter, owner of a hairdressing salon – fail to find the time to entertain their parents, leaving only their widowed daughter-in-law, who volunteers to take them sightseeing across Tokyo. Featuring well-observed, wonderful performances and a universal tale of family matters, Tokyo Story captures precisely what makes Ozu’s work special: nuanced, endearing human stories elevating their everyday settings with ease.
Screening as part of Japan 2020: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. bfijapan.co.uk