Everyday Life in Japan: The Post-War Cinema of Ozu Yasujiro
Co-presented by The Japan Foundation, Toronto and The Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto
Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto 2 Sussex Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 1J5
Admission free, registration required, films in Japanese with English subtitles
New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
March 8, 2020 6:00 PM
Tokyo Story 東京物語
Directed by OZU Yasujiro, 1953, 137 min.
One of the ineffably lovely domestic sagas made by Yasujiro Ozu at the height of his mastery, The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice is a sublimely piercing portrait of a marriage coming quietly undone. Secrets and deceptions strain the already tenuous relationship of a childless, middle-aged couple, as the wife’s city-bred sophistication bumps up against the husband’s small-town simplicity, and a generational sea change—in the form of her headstrong, modern niece—sweeps over their household. The director’s abiding concern with family dynamics receives one of its most spirited treatments, with a wry, tender humor and buoyant expansiveness that moves the action from the home into the baseball stadiums, pachinko parlors, and ramen shops of postwar Tokyo.