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  • June 18 (Friday) 8:40
  • June 19 (Saturday) 6:00
  • June 21 (Monday) 7:00

Ozu’s vision … is emotionally overwhelming, and arguably profound for any engaged viewer; it is also formally unmatched in Western popular cinema.”

Tony Rayns, Time Out

One of the manifest miracles of the cinema” (Penelope Gilliatt, The New Yorker), Tokyo Story is usually cited as Ozu’s supreme masterpiece, and is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. (In the 2012 edition of Sight and Sounds once-a-decade poll of international critics, it ranked third, behind only Vertigo and Citizen Kane.) A sad, simple, economical tale of generational conflict, told in the consummate Ozu style, the film concerns an aging couple who journey to Tokyo to visit their married son and daughter, only to find that their presence seems to be an imposition on their rather insensitive, apparently too-busy offspring. Setsuko Hara, in her final iteration of Noriko, is the couple’s widowed daughter-in-law, the sole family member to devote time and attention to them. Setsuko Hara, as Noriko (the great actress played characters named Noriko in three celebrated Ozu films), is the couple’s widowed daughter-in-law, the sole family member to devote time and attention to them. Tokyo Story offers a perfect example of the quality of mono no aware — a sad but serene resignation to life as it is — that informs Ozu’s sublime work.

Coming Soon! Setsuko Hara Centenary: The Noriko Trilogy,” a program featuring Yasujiro Ozu’s three Noriko” films with Setsuko Hara, will screen at The Cinematheque later this year.

One of the cinema’s most profound and moving studies of married love, ageing and the relations between parents and children. It is flawless and rewards numerous viewings.”

Philip French, The Observer

A masterpiece, minimalist cinema at its finest and most complex.”

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
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