Tokyo Story (東京物語) from famous japanese director Yasujirō Ozu at the parisian ”le Grand Action” Cinema, during the parisian ”Festival du Cinema”
Today, once again, I went to the Grand Action. This time, however, I choose a Japanese masterwork. Tokyo Story is a film about the relationship between parents and their children. 136 minutes, a long time for a movie playing at a slow pace in a completely different cultural sphere. It took me one hour to really get into the story. Once you are deep inside, it is difficult to get back to reality. It is remarkable how a totally different culture can affect you. Personally, I have difficulties to criticize the actors due to their unsimilar way of acting. What I can tell though, is that the story and the acting left an impression on me. Yasujirō Ozu movie motivated me to expand my understanding of exotic motion pictures and that one has to go to Tokyo once in a lifetime. .
Tokyo Story is often viewed as Ozu’s chef d’oeuvre and has show up a number times in the British Film Institute lists of the greatest films ever made (Nr:3 at the moment).