Tokyo Family (Tokyo Kazoku)



Sequoia 1 Fri, Oct 11, 2013 8:15 PM
Lark Theatre Sun, Oct 13, 2013 1:30 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Focus: 3 Gen Japan
Running Time:146
Director:Yoji Yamada
Producer:Hiroshi Fukasawa
Takashi Yojima
Screenwriter:Emiko Hiramatsu
Cinematographer:Masashi Chikamori
Editor:Iwao Ishii
Cast:Isao Hashizume
Kazuko Yoshiyuki
Satoshi Tsumabuki
Yu aoi


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In Japanese with English subtitles. Shukichi and Tomiko Hirayama took a train to visit their children and grandchildren in Yasujiro Ozu’s beloved 1953 film Tokyo Story. In Yôji Yamada’s equally masterful remake, set in 2012, the trip from their quiet island hometown to Tokyo takes place on a bullet train, with Tokyo even more overwhelming than in the 1950s. Meanwhile, in contrast to the brighter future suggested by the original’s postwar setting, the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima disaster provide a backdrop of uncertainty. Tokyo Family is Yamada’s moving homage to Ozu’s classic, and no one is more qualified to make it than Yamada—influenced by Ozu when he first started at Shochiku studios, where both filmmakers saw their careers flourish. Tokyo Family tackles the dilemma of parents whose children have outgrown them and don’t care to revisit the past. But as happens in every family in every era, mortality brings everyone up short—forcing reflection and, for this family, acceptance.

—Roberta McNair


Additional Information

Yoji Yamada made his film debut in 1961, and later launched the successful Tora-san series, which started in 1969 and became one of the world’s longest running series of 48 films. Over the years he has directed many successful films including The Yellow Handkerchief (1977) which was remade into a Hollywood film. The Twilight Samurai was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 76th Academy Awards®, winning him international acclaim. In 2013, Tokyo Family makes the international premiere at the 63th Berlin Film Festival and this is the 9th time to show Yamada's works at the festival.