Classic black-and-white movie month: Tokyo Story (1953)

Classic black-and-white movie month: Tokyo Story (1953)

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Fri 01 Jun 2018, 7.30 pm

From TPD:

In the upcoming week of the Classic black-and-white movie month, the film Tokyo Story (1953) by the legendary Japanese director Ozu Yasujiro will be screened at the Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents (TPD).

Film notes:

TOKYO STORY • Japan • 1953
136′ | Drama

Tokyo Story (東京物語 Tōkyō Monogatari) is directed by Yasujirō Ozu and starring Chishū Ryū and Chieko Higashiyama. It tells the story of an aging couple who travel to Tokyo to visit their grown children. The film contrasts the behavior of their children, who are too busy to pay them much attention, and their widowed daughter-in-law, who treats them with kindness.

Ozu and screenwriter Kōgo Noda wrote the script in 103 days and loosely based it on the 1937 American film Make Way for Tomorrow, directed by Leo McCarey. Noda first suggested adapting the film, which Ozu had not yet seen. Ozu used many of the same cast and crew members that he had worked with for years.

Released in Japan in 1953, it did not immediately gain international recognition and was considered “too Japanese” to be marketable by Japanese film exporters. It was screened in London in 1957 and won the inaugural Sutherland Trophy the following year, and received praise from US film critics after a 1972 screening in New York City.

Tokyo Story is widely regarded as Ozu’s masterpiece and is often cited as one of the greatest films ever made. In 2012, it was voted the best film of all time in a poll of film directors by Sight & Sound magazine. [Wikipedia]

Language: Japanese with Vietnamese subtitles

• The film screening is for educational purposes and to raise funds for the Young Cinema Fund at TPD.
• Donation (at the door): 20,000 VND/audience.
• Doors open at 7 pm and close when the screening room is full.
• Seats are assigned on the first-come-first-served basis.

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Watch the film’s trailer here:

Translated by Hanoi Grapevine

The Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents TPD was established with the purposes of designing and implementing programs to assist and develop movie talents and other activities for the development of Vietnamese cinema.

The Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents
51 Tran Hung Dao Str (4th floor), Hanoi
Tel: 024 3936 6559
Email: [email protected]


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