An elderly couple journey to Tokyo to visit their children and are confronted by indifference, ingratitude and selfishness. When the parents are packed off to a resort by their busy, impatient children, the film deepens into an unbearably moving meditation on mortality.
As long as life goes on, relationships between parents and children will bring boundless joy and endless grief.
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: [movie posters] Ozu pays tribute to his cinematic influences by putting all kinds of film posters all over the wall in his films. In this movie, there are posters in Noriko's workplace (around 36:42 minutes in), Shige's hairdressing salon (57:00) and finally in the bar (1:12:00). Sadly, these films are hard to identify because the posters are obscured by the parts of the background. See more
At timer mark 1:45:46, when the children are visiting their mother at home and leave the room to talk with the father in an adjoining room, just as they sit on the floor, you see the shadow of the boom-mic just drop into the scene and back out again, just over the sons head on the top right of the screen. This shadow is well into the frame against the edge of what appears to be a bookshelf and should not be considered a masking mistake of the projectionist. See more
I often wish at least one of my sons were alive.
Must have been hard to lose both of them.
Didn't you lose one?
Yes, my second son.
I've had enough of war.
Yes, indeed. To lose your children is hard, but living with them isn't always easy either. A real dilemma.
Referenced in Im Lauf der Zeit