The MTOL Top 50: Tokyo Story

2 Aug

In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story.

2 Responses to “The MTOL Top 50: Tokyo Story”

  1. FictionIsntReal August 4, 2018 at 10:51 am #

    I watched Tokyo Story as part of Ozu’s “Noriko trilogy”, which I reviewed here. I hadn’t heard of Ozu until I started listening to Criterion Cast, and I also don’t plan on watching more from him.

    • Robert September 20, 2018 at 12:26 pm #

      A shocking way to end your comment. Were you bored by Ozu? That’s a common complaint. I can assure you though that watching more will surprise you. There’s a well of pure emotion inside of what seems dry and monotone at first. That was my experience at least. I’ve now seen all of Ozu’s sound films and count him among my top five or six favorite filmmakers. I know…”to each his own”…but in the case of Ozu, I really am a stubborn proponent of “watch more” before deciding. Unlike Kurosawa (a good friend of Ozu’s), who clearly made each film in an attempt to be thoroughly entertaining AND meaningful, Ozu was less precious about the immediate impact and more about getting underneath the brackets one must live inside of as a Japanese person in that era and showing how we’re all pretty much the same. Once I got about three of his early films down (I watched chronologically, also recommended), I was hooked and never stopped.

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