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Tokyo Story / Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (DVD + Blu-ray) [1953]

Chishu Ryu , Setsuko Hara , Yasujiro Ozu    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
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Product details

  • Actors: Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara, Chieko Higashiyama
  • Directors: Yasujiro Ozu
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: BFI Video
  • DVD Release Date: 19 July 2010
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038409Y2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,399 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The Ozu Collection

Films by Yasujiro Ozu

A constant fixture in critics polls, Yasujiro Ozu's most enduring masterpiece, Tokyo Story, is a beautifully nuanced exploration of fifial duty, expectations and regret. From the simple tale of an elderly husband and wife's visit to Tokyo to see their grown-up children, Ozu draws a compelling contrast between the measured dignity of age and the hurried insensitivity of a younger generation.

Ozu's incisive satire, Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family, also included here, explores similar themes. After the death of her husband, Mrs Toda and her youngest daughter receive a frosty welcome from extended family.

Special Features

  • Standard Definition and High Definition presentations of Tokyo Story (DVD and Blu-ray)
  • Standard Definition presentation of Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (DVD only)
  • Fully illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essay by professor Joan Mellen and director biography by Tony Ryans
  • New and improved English subtitles

Japan | 1953 + 1941 | black and white | Japanese language, English subtitles | 136 minutes + 100 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1

Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit) + Dolby Digital mono audio (192kbps)

Region B Blu-ray
Region 2 DVD

Product Description

United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: Japanese ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Japanese ( Dolby Linear PCM ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Black & White, Booklet, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: As with much of director Yasujiro Ozu's work, a plot summary of this film does not do justice to the emotional power that Ozu lends to this sad, understated tale. An elderly couple, Shukichi (Chishu Ryu) and Tomi Hirayama (Chieko Higashiyama), leaves their small coastal village in southern Japan to visit their married children in Tokyo. Their eldest son, Koichi (So Yamamura), a doctor running a clinic in a working-class part of town, is too busy to show them around town, and their eldest daughter is occupied with her beauty salon. Only their widowed daughter-in-law, Noriko, played memorably by Setsuko Hara, is willing to take time off work to show the couple the sights of Tokyo. The older children arrange for their parents to visit Atami Hot Springs, but the unimpressed couple soon returns to Tokyo. Tomi stays with her daughter-in-law while Shukichi goes out drinking with some of his buddies, and the bunch complains about their vague sense of disappointment toward their children. Later, he stumbles into his daughter Shige's (Haruko Sugimura ) house late at night. On the way back to their village, tragedy strikes. The callous inattention that son and daughter paid to their parents becomes unamendable. Shige and Koichi quickly return to their busy lives in Tokyo after the funeral, as Noriko and youngest daughter Kyoko (Kyoko Kagawa) remain. ...Tokyo Story (1953) ( Tky monogatari ) (Blu-Ray)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two great films from the master of minimalism 15 Nov 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Ozu Yasujir was one of the greatest film directors and after decades of obscurity outside Japan it is cause for celebration that at last BFI are doing him proud by releasing all 36 of his surviving films on both DVD and Blu-ray. The way the films are being released is also to be applauded. The earliest films have been offered in box sets, the Student Comedies and the Gangster Films making up two desirable items, while the late post-war masterpieces are offered in duel releases, the Blu-ray versions as supplements to the DVDs containing one `main' feature each coupled with one of his earlier sound films from the 30s/40s. In this way we get to see rare films which we ordinarily might pass over and realize that they are every bit as good as the main features they support.

Ozu's greatness is evidenced by a staggeringly high level of consistency throughout his output from his early silents to his final austere masterworks. None of his films are revered more than Tokyo Story and its release here is as good as it's ever likely to be. A fire destroyed the original negative and only second-rate copies stay in existence - hence the poor quality compared with other Ozu of this period. Still, the b/w images are crisp and the sound sharp. Not having a Blu-ray player I can't comment on the first disc, but the DVD is certainly very good. The support feature is The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family which has been chosen by BFI because it has the same theme of generation conflict and people being spurned within their own families. In Tokyo Story the grandparents are pushed from pillar to post, none of their unloving children wanting to take care of them. In Toda Family it is the grandmother and the unmarried daughter who get the treatment.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Blu-ray for wonderful Ozu Tokyo Story 27 Dec 2010
By Dr T
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Well, what a wonderful film Ozu's Tokyo Story is. I had seen this before, but not really been in the right kind of mood to take it just what a subtle, timeless masterpiece this film really is! It's all about family, human behaviour and day-to-day emotions, really. The story is simple, but the experience is sublime.

This Blu-ray is of superior quality to the DVD releases of Tokyo Story. Still it's not remastered to the level of some period restorations of old films. The problems must be in the original print, I guess. The picture is not pristine. There are various technical problems. The resolution is not as high as you might expect. The blacks and whites are not as deep, resolved or contrast-y as you might wish for. Still, it seems this is the best the film will look, for now - perhaps for a very long time.

It's the version to own though, and comes with an additional film that sadly I've not yet had time to watch.

BFI are to be commended overall too, for committing to such an extensive release catalog of Ozu's films on Blu-ray, especially given the current economic climate. Ozu's colour films on BD are on their way soon too!

Overall, a really special film given a reasonably good technical treatment - and standing out as the best available version of a classic, heartwarming, simply yet very moving, special moment of (Japanese and world) cinema history. Highly recommended.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a blessing. 19 Sep 2005
By A Customer
I am sitting in front of this screen failing to get a purchase on what it is I want to say about this film - my flimsy adjectives and superlatives are hopelessly inadequate. If it was just the artistic quality of the filmaking I would be fine; able to use words like, luminous, exquisite, perfect, genius. But it's the fact that all of this is in the service of something infinitely more overwhelming that leaves me speechless. For Catholics amongst you all I can say is that it is a little bit like a cinematic equivalent of the life of St Thérèse of Lisieux: small and hidden things, done with great love.
Most all of the time I agree with Hitchcock's wonderfully affirming and unpretentious, "Some film makers make movies that are like a slice of life - I make movies that are like a slice of cake." Afterall, an awful lot of cinema, (hell, an awful lot of everything!) is dismally self-important and self-satisfied. However, there are few works of art that bear witness to the transfiguration of our small lives by love with as much truthful beauty as Ozu's Tokyo Story. The actress who plays the daughter-in-law in the film, Setsuko Hara, gave up acting a few years later and went into solitude and prayer in the buddhist town of Kamakura. She is still there today. As the dear mother says at one moment in the film, giving thanks quite simply, for the day's good weather, "it is a blessing." And so it is.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "How long are your parents staying for?" 12 May 2011
Tokyo Story is nearly sixty years old now, but this black and white, Japanese classic is as relevant today as it was then. Its themes concerning an aging couple who are taken for granted and dismissed by their grown children has a universal truth which is often uncomfortable to watch as we realise that what is happening on screen could easily occur in our own lives - be it as the neglectful offspring, or the ignored parents.

Shukichi and his wife Tomi finally arrive in Tokyo by train where they meet up with their children in turn. As they resti after the long journey, their hosts consider what to feed them and assure themselves that there'll be enough to go round. It's not long before visitors make brief visits around work commitments to see the elders and dutifully drop by to say hello. This is very reminiscent of 21st century life where we often find ourselves juggling obligations. Instead of enjoying the company of Shukich and Tomi, family members seem relived when they hear that ma and pa are being visited by someone else that day, it means that they don't have to bother. It's not that they don't love them, it's that they don't want to put any effort into seeing them as they think they will be content enough.

As they spend more time in Tokyo it becomes more apparent that they are an inconvenience with their children struggling to find time to see them or take them out. The four children settle for the minimum amount of entertaining that they can get away with, always hoping that they won't be lumbered with them, that someone else will take them out and keep them occupied for a bit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless masterpiece
On paper it seems like an uneventful script. Two elderly people visiting their grown up children? What follows is one of the intense humanistic Tales from th 20th century and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Duckman
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional
I loved the understated acting, the moving story and the whole feel and quality of the film and the acting. One of my all time favourite films. Read more
Published 8 months ago by William Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Very good movie and the picture quality was excellent. Very good story line and I really enjoy movies like this
Published 14 months ago by Teresa Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Tour de force
Unforgettably brilliant piece of film-making, justifying its place in the top pantheon of world-wide films. One small grunt is worth a thousand words!
Published 14 months ago by John Waldie
5.0 out of 5 stars Please watch this
As another reviewer said, you cannot put words to describing this wonderful work. Truly incredible. Clearly only for those who appreciate subtle, but powerful works. Read more
Published 15 months ago by L. Van Zyl
4.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite film
This is an really thought-provoking and touching film in which you are shown rather than told what occurs when elderly parents pay a once in a lifetime visit to their adult... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Joey Dean
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good !
As to the service, it was not as fast as the previous ones. It took a week to arrive when it used to take 3 days. Read more
Published 17 months ago by josefsilva
2.0 out of 5 stars Very very average
I fail to see where the over-hyped fuss is coming from regarding these Ozu films. Maybe they were ahead of their time, then. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Dooscah
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the Doubters
You might, never having seen an Ozu before, think hmmm...is that the best film ever made? But watch again and again and it all becomes clear that the power of the images and the... Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2011 by Mario
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film
Although the Bluray transfer is not fantastic (see the new Metropolis BR as a example of what can be done), the film blew me away. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2011 by G. Rees
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