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TOKYO FAMILY PG
Director: Yôji Yamada
Genre: Drama
Duration: 146 minLanguage: In Japanese with English subtitles

Ozu’s classic Tokyo Story gets a modern remake by his former assistant director Yoji Yamada in Tokyo Family.

A retired schoolteacher and his wife visit their three working children in modern-day Tokyo, only to find them preoccupied and self-involved. The elderly couple feel lonely and bewildered in the fast-paced metropolis.

Adopting Ozu’s quiet observations of the family, Yamada’s version loses nothing of its topicality and, even 60 years after the original was filmed, the generation gap is still palpable.