Tōkyō boshoku

東京暮色 [videorecording] - Tōkyō boshoku

DVD - 2007 | Japanese
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In the dead of winter, past and present traumas afflict two sisters and their aging father in this, one of Ozu's most heartbreaking and powerful works.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2007]
ISBN: 9781934121634
1934121630
9781934121610
1934121614
Call Number: JAPANESE DVD F TOKY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (141 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors (Original Script): 中村伸郎
藤原釜足
信欣三
山村聰
杉村春子
田浦正己
高橋貞二
山田五十鈴
笠智衆
有馬稲子
原節子
山内静夫
野田高梧
小津安二郎

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Nursebob
Feb 06, 2015

Ozu’s signature trains, smoke, and ticking clocks abound in this tale of a single father and his two daughters, but the gentle stoicism of his earlier films has been replaced by a bitter cynicism that seems out of place with the softly lit B&W interiors and airy musical score. After his wife abandoned him Mr. Sugiyama was left to raise their two young daughters himself. Now, several years later, the eldest child, Takako, is a mother herself and unhappily married to an abusive drunk while younger Akiko finds herself pregnant and very much alone. But when the long lost mother suddenly shows up old wounds are reopened and unexpected tragedy ensues. Ozu is all too aware of life’s unpredictability, perhaps this explains the film’s many scenes of gambling and chance whether it be a spirited game of mahjongg or a crowded pachinko parlour. The characters appear to have little control over their destinies; Takako is resigned to her terrible marriage because it is “best” for the child, Akiko’s small cries for help go unheeded, and their father feels powerless to help either one. There is also a subtle commentary on the increasing influence of western culture in all its forms; submissive Takako chooses traditional garb while her rebellious sister is more apt to wear a skirt and sweater. Along the way Ozu employs some clever cinematic conceits to convey his characters’ sense of isolation; endless snowstorms, distant train whistles and an enigmatic billboard featuring a large pair of unblinking eyes (a nod to The Great Gatsby ?) Relentlessly bleak and unforgiving look at the disintegration of a nuclear family which lacks that small hint of redemption one comes to expect from his films. Considering his past achievements, Tokyo Twilight is both a bold departure and a vague disappointment.

AMD1485 Jul 11, 2013

The Tokyo Twilight (Tokyo bashoku) DVD with barcode: 3 3333 20343 3525 is bad and not readable. Thanks for withdrawing it from circulation.

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