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Tokyo Family (2013)

Tôkyô kazoku (original title)
In this update of Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story", a retired schoolteacher and his wife visit their three working children in modern-day Tokyo.

Director:

Yôji Yamada

Writers:

Yôji Yamada (screenplay), Emiko Hiramatsu (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isao Hashizume Isao Hashizume ... Shukichi Hirayama
Kazuko Yoshiyuki Kazuko Yoshiyuki ... Tomiko Hirayama
Masahiko Nishimura ... Koichi Hirayama
Yui Natsukawa Yui Natsukawa ... Fumiko Hirayama
Tomoko Nakajima Tomoko Nakajima ... Shigeko, the first daughter
Shôzô Hayashiya Shôzô Hayashiya ... Kozo Kanai
Satoshi Tsumabuki ... Masatsugu
Yû Aoi ... Noriko Mamiya
Nenji Kobayashi Nenji Kobayashi ... Shukichi's old friend
Jun Fubuki Jun Fubuki ... Woman at the bar
Narumi Kayashima Narumi Kayashima ... Kyoko Hattori, Widow of Shukichi's friend
Ryûichirô Shibata Ryûichirô Shibata ... Minoru Hirayama
Ayumu Maruyama Ayumu Maruyama ... Isamu Hirayama
Chika Arakawa Chika Arakawa ... Yuki
Mai Nishida Mai Nishida
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Storyline

An old married couple Shukichi Hirayama and Tomiko live on a small island in the Inland Sea. They go to Tokyo. The couple have 3 children. The eldest son Koichi runs a hospital. The first daughter Shigeko runs a beauty salon. The second son Shuji works in stage art. The families ask the parents to take a rest in Tokyo, but the parents do not like staying in Tokyo. One day, Tomiko visits Shuji's apartment. There, Tomiko is introduced to Shuji's fiancé Noriko, but Tomiko collapses at Koichi's house. Written by anonymous

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

19 January 2013 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,006,113
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Bunta Sugawara was initially cast in Tokyo Family, the 2011 remake of Tokyo Story, but ended up not playing the role of the Hirayama patriarch after shooting was delayed due to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. See more »

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Referenced in What a Wonderful Family! (2016) See more »

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Fine film, though obviously not up to the original Ozu
15 April 2015 | by Andy-296See all my reviews

A remake of Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story (1953), which is widely regarded as one of the finest films ever made. Director Yoji Yamada follows the plot of the earlier film closely (though he doesn't borrow Ozu's stylistic touches; thus, this is necessarily a more conventional movie).

There are also changes in some of the characters. The youngest children, Kyoko and Keizo, do not exist in this version. Noriko here is not the widowed wife of their fallen son in the war, but the girlfriend of their son Shoji (who is alive here, and works as a theater decorator). Noriko is played by Yu Aoi, who is pretty and charming, though she lacks the screen charisma Setsuko Hara has in the original version (she is given less screen time, also). Also, I notice that in this version the elder children and the grandchildren are less rude to the elder couple. For instance, the eldest daughter Shige, as played as Tomoko Nakajima, is not as mean and bitchy as Haruko Sugimura was in the original. And the grandfather Shukichi, is less nice here than in the original version. He openly questions his children, especially Shoji, which in the original only did obliquely.

Obviously, this film is not up to the level of the original, but it is a well made, pleasant movie to watch.


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