About the Transfer
Tokyo Story is presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. On widescreen televisions, black bars will appear on the left and right of the image to maintain the proper screen format. This new high-definiton digital transfer was created from a new 35mm master positive on a Spirit Datacine. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, and scratches were removed using the MTI Digital Restoration System. The audio was mastered at 24-bit. Digital tools were used to reduce clicks, pops, hiss, and crackle. However, due to deterioration of the existing audio elements, a pristine restoration could not be achieved. The Dolby Digital 1.0 signal will be directed to the center channel on 5.1-channel sound systems, but some viewers may prefer to switch to two-channel playback for a wider dispersal of the mono sound.
Editor's NoteYasujiro Ozu's most widely distributed and best-known film presents the story of an elderly couple in post World War II Japan who come to Tokyo to visit their various children and realize that the family has essentially fallen apart. The couple is received coldly by their two modernized children and only their widowed daughter-in-law seems glad to see them. The children shuttle their aging parents off to a health spa in an attempt to get them out of the way. They learn later that the mother has fallen ill upon her return and arrive too late to say their good-byes.
|Yuharo Atsuta - Cinematographer|
|Yasujiro Ozu - Director|
|Yoshiyasu Hamamura - Editor|
|Kojun Saito - Origianl Music By|
|Takeshi Yamamoto - Producer|
|Yasujiro Ozu - Screenplay|
|Kogo Noda - Screenplay|
This movie is a bit slow and I was afraid it wasn't going to keep my interest for long. I'm glad that wasn't the case. It's a strong but quiet film about the reality of how children grow up and apart from the parents. That may seem depressing but the film covers the whole emotional spectrum and I think it's a story that should be seen by everyone.