The Ozu Collection
TOYKO STORY + BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF THE TODA FAMILY (DVD + Blu-ray)
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.
- 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
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) ( Tôkyô monogatari ) (Blu-Ray)