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TOKYO FAMILY

Japan, 2013 (MIFF 2013, Accent on Asia)

Director: Yôji Yamada

A modern-day retelling of one of cinema's greatest achievements.

Yasujiro Ozu's 1953 masterpiece Tokyo Story is regarded by many as the greatest film in the history of Japanese cinema, a finely wrought tale of human fragility amidst the rampant social upheaval of post-war Japan. In Tokyo Family, 81-year-old modern master Yôji Yamada transports Ozu's opus to the Japan of today - a country where economic hope has waned and the threat to tradition is more pronounced than ever.

Elderly Shukichi and Tomiko swap their remote island home for Tokyo to spend some time with their three grown-up and very different children. Overcome with the stresses of the city, the kids absently shuffle their parents from one to the other, but when Tomiko has a stroke, everything they thought they valued is thrown into devastating relief.

D Yôji Yamada P Hiroshi Fukasawa, Takashi Yajima S Yôji Yamada, Emiko Hiramatsu WS Shochiku L Japanese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2013

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