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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film, 16 Feb. 2011
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This review is from: Tokyo Story / Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (DVD + Blu-ray) [1953] (DVD)
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. The film is almost 60 years old and yet the theme (children being too concerned with their own lives and "neglecting their parents" - a cultural no-no that still holds true in a great many societies in the far East) is one that strikes me as particularly pertinent, especially in our western so-called developed society. For this reason, the film does not come across as dated and the discourteous, dismissive behaviour of the children and grandchildren resonated greatly with my life experiences even though I am in my forties. The parents who come from the country to visit their generally obnoxious offspring, exhibit great dignity and elicit great pathos in the viewer. The selfishness of the too busy to give a S*** children is beautifully counterpointed by generosity, respect and humanity displayed by the parents widowed daughter-in-law. This film has on more than one occasion been voted the best film of all time; it is certainly a worthy candidate and infinitely superior to the often cited Citizen Kane, a film that despite 3 or more viewings never really did it for me. Tokyo Story is a beautiful film and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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