Tokyo Story

I cried a lot watching Tokyo Story, my heart unravelling with the film.

The way Ozu does it is masterful.

There is always this sense that you can’t know what to expect next.

A tension that clings to your skin even though everything seems normal.

The cinematography is beautiful to the point of making me jealous – perfect black and white tones and a low, watchful camera angle.

So simple you fall in love.

And through the screen, Ozu somehow makes you taste summer.

I don’t want to write too much in case you haven’t seen it.

This is a film about elemental humanity and universal human emotions, and after 70 years, it still resonates.

It will probably resonate for as long as we still want to watch films.

Now I understand why they say this is Ozu’s masterpiece and also the film that Wim Wenders said has had a life-long pull on him.

I went down the rabbit hole and realised that Wim Wenders was so obsessed he went to the small coastal town where ‘the story begins and ends’ and made a book. I love it. The coolest coincidence? I’m going to Japan in a couple of weeks and I was planning to visit Onomichi!

One thought on “Tokyo Story

  1. I so badly want to visit Onomichi! It’s been on my list for years now. Looking forward to your thoughts on it. (btw, you may know about it already, but there are is a cool akiya (abandoned home) restoration project down in Onomichi .

    Thank you for your words on “Tokyo Story”. I will have to find a way to watch it.

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