Tokyo Story | 東京物語 J-Film

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and the Japan Commerce Association of Washington DC

In celebration of Japan's Respect for the Aged Day (Keiro no Hi), a national holiday honoring the elderly and longevity, the JICC is pleased to present one of the most profound and moving studies of love, aging and the relationships between parents and children ever committed to film.

Tokyo Story follows an elderly couple bound for the big city to visit their children and grandchildren. After a lively welcome full of promises, they soon find themselves shuffled from one son or daughter to the other, each too busy to spend any quality time with their parents. The only person who does seem to make time for them is their lonely daughter-in-law, the young widow of a son who died in the war. But when the pair finally returns to their home in the countryside, tragedy strikes, leading the children on a journey of their own.

Widely regarded as a cinematic master whose influence extends to many of the great directors of the last half century, Yasujiro Ozu is often considered the "most Japanese" of Japan's great directors. Yet it is the universal appeal and transcendent humanity of Tokyo Story which continues to garner acclaim as one of cinema's greatest masterpieces. Don't miss this chance to catch this classic on the big screen!

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