Tokyo Story (U) at Escleyside Hall
Outwardly simple, beautifully nuanced and utterly heartbreaking, Ozu’s Tokyo Story remains, even after 70 years, one of cinema’s most enduring masterpieces.
Elderly couple Tomi and Shukichi decide to visit their grown-up children in bustling postwar Tokyo. The experience is bewildering; it’s a sweltering summer and they do not receive the welcome they deserve from their own
offspring. A wealth of domestic detail reveals a compelling contrast between the dignity of age and the insensitivity of a younger generation. Stylised and restrained though it is, this is a film that manages to evoke exactly how fragile and ephemeral life is.