Tokyo Story

Synopsis: An elderly couple journey to Tokyo to visit their children and are confronted by indifference, ingratitude and selfishness. When the parents are packed off to a resort by their impatient children, the film deepens into an unbearably moving meditation on mortality.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Yasujirô Ozu
Production: BFI Production
  3 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
136 min

Tokyo Story

Screenplay by

Kogo Noda and Yasujiro Ozu

Produced by Takeshi Yamamoto

Cinematography by Yushun Atsuta

Production design

by Tatsuo Hamada

Music by Kojun Saito


Chishu Ryu

as Shukichi Hirayama

Chieko Higashiyama

as Tomi

Setsuko Hara

as Noriko

Haruko Sugimura as Shige Kaneko,

So Yamamura as Koichi Hirayama

Kuniko Miyake as Fumiko,

Kyoko Kagawa as Kyoko

Eijiro Tono as Sanpei Numata,

Nobuo Nakamura as Kurazo Kaneko

Shiro Osaka as Keizo Hirayama,

Hisao Toake as Osamu Hattori

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu

The train gets in to Osaka at 6:00.

Is that right? Keizo should have

finished work by then.

If he got our telegram,

he should be at the station.

- Here's your lunchbox, Mother.

- Thank you.

I'm leaving now.

You don't need to see us off

if you're busy at school.

It's fine, I have plenty of time.

- Are you sure?

- I'll see you at the station.

- I've put tea in your thermos, Mother.

- Thank you.

- Right, I'll see you later.

- See you.

See you later.


Have you got the air cushion?

Didn't I give it to you?

It's not here.

- I'm sure I gave it to you.

- Did you?

Good morning!


- Off to Tokyo today?

- Yes, the train's this afternoon.

- I see...

- We're going to see all our children.

They must be looking forward

to your visit.

You'll keep an eye on the house

for us, won't you?

Of course. You enjoy yourselves.

You're lucky you've got such

fine sons and daughters.

Well, we'll see how we fare.

- And it's a lovely day, too.

- We're very lucky.

- Well, I wish you both a safe trip.

- Thank you.

- I still can't find that air cushion.

- It must be there. Have another look.

- Oh, here it is.

- Found it?

Got it.

Doctor Hirayama


Don't make the place untidy, Isamu

I'm back!

Welcome home!

Hi. Have grandpa and grandma


They'll be here very soon.



- What is it?

- Why have you moved my desk?

To make room

for grandpa and grandma.

You don't have to move my desk,

do you?

They need the space to sleep in.

Where am I supposed to study

for my exams?

You can study wherever you like.

But Mum...where do I do my homework?

- Where, Mum?

- Just pipe down.

- You never usually want to study.

- Yes, I do!

You do not!

So I don't have to do

any homework, then?

- Well, that suits me just fine!

- Quiet, Minoru!

They're here.

Welcome home, dear.

Come on in.

- Welcome.

- Come in.

Come in.

There you go.

You must be tired, Mother.

Did you sleep on the train?

Yes, very well.

Come and sit here.

Welcome to you both.

It's been a while

since we last saw you.

Many thanks for having us to stay.

- It's been ages, Mother.

- It has indeed.

It's lovely to see you.

- Is our sister Kyoko well?

- Very well, thank you.

- She's looking after the house?

- Yes.

Oh, wait, Fumiko.

I brought you a little something.

Just some rice crackers.

They're quite tasty.

- Thank you so much.

- Mother's fond of them.

Shall I serve them?

Any bowl will do.

- How about this?

- Perfect, perfect.

Did Noriko go to the station?

No, she didn't.

I told her when they were arriving.

- I wonder what happened?

- Serve these, will you?

Minoru? Isamu?

What are you up to?

Come with me.

Grandpa, grandma...

You've both grown.

- Minoru's at primary school now.

- I see.

- And how old are you, Isamu?

- How old are you?

How old?

The bath's ready for you

whenever you like.

- Would you like a bath, Father?

- All right...

- Would you like to change, Mother?

- I'll get you a light kimono...

I'm fine, Fumiko.

I'll get in the bath.

I'll take that.

This way.

Did Keizo meet you at Osaka?

Yes, I sent him a telegram

and he met us.

- Is he well?

- Yes.

He sent a present for you.

It's all right, Mother,

give it to me later.

- Have you got a towel, Father?

- Yes, yes.

Take your time.

- What shall we feed them?

- I don't know...

- Hey, brother?

- What?

Meat's all right for supper, isn't it?


Yeah, fine.

And maybe some sashimi?

The meat'll be enough.

There's plenty to go round.

- Hello?

- Here's Noriko. Come in!

- Welcome.

- I was too late!

- Did you go to Tokyo Station?

- By the time I got there, they'd gone.

- For you.

- Oh, thank you.

- Oh, come in.

- Welcome.

- Sorry I'm so late.

- They're upstairs.

All right, I'll go and say hello.

Welcome to you both.

- It's been a while, Noriko.

- It's lovely to see you.

Were you very busy?

Not really, but by the time I'd finished,

it was too late.

Oh, you needn't have rushed round here.

We could've met tomorrow.

Still working for the same company?

- It must be hard, supporting yourself.

- Not at all.

- Your bath's ready, Father!

- Coming!

- I'll do that for you, Mother.

- I'm fine.

Being in Tokyo is like a dream.

I always thought Tokyo

was so far away...

...but it was only yesterday we were

in Onomichi, and now we're with you.

I'm glad I'm alive to see

so many changes.

But the two of you

haven't changed at all.

Of course we have,

we're a couple of old folks now.


What are you two talking about?

Let's go downstairs.

Mother, I'm sure you're getting taller.

How could I have grown?

It's true, you have.

And you've put on weight.

When I was a child,

she was so big...

...I used to feel ashamed

in front of my classmates.

- Once, she broke a school chair.

- Don't tell lies!

That chair was already broken.

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