TOKYO STORY, Ozu's masterpiece and a landmark in Japanese cinema, didn't make it to the US until 19 years after its initial release, but American critics were immediately taken with this stately, powerful critique of the family and its discontents.
An elderly couple (Ryu and Higashiyama) journey with their youngest daughter (Kagawa) to Tokyo to visit their doctor son (Yamamura) and a daughter (Sugimura) who runs a beauty salon. The children are too busy to meet with their parents, so they send them to a resort. After a sleepless night in the
noisy resort the parents return to Tokyo. Before leaving, however, the mother spends a night with the widow (Hara) of anot...