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This screening has been cancelled due to The Cinematheque's temporary closure in response to concerns around COVID-19. Up-to-date information can be found here.

New Restoration

“One of Ozu's most profoundly modern works, sounding psychological and sociological depths that Ozu never probed so fearlessly before or since.”

David Sterritt, Cineaste

One of the great Ozu’s darkest and most psychologically complex films (and his last in black and white), Tokyo Twilight is set in a nocturnal, wintry Tokyo of tawdry bars and seedy mah-jong parlours. Ozu mainstay Chishu Ryu plays aging Shukichi, a single father living with his two adult daughters. His eldest daughter Takako (Setsuko Hara) has recently fled an unhappy marriage. His younger daughter Akiko (Ineko Arima) has been impregnated and abandoned by her boyfriend. The discovery of a shocking family secret will devastate both sisters. “The dialogue and acting are superb ... This is the nearest that Ozu ventured towards Western ideas of melodrama, although he is still more restrained than the plot suggests” (Bloomsbury Foreign Film Guide).