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Ozu's masterpiece Tokyo Story on BFI Blu-ray in June

15 May 2020

A constant fixture in critic’s polls, Tokyo Story [Tōkyō monogatari] is Ozu Yasujirō’s most enduring masterpiece and a beautifully nuanced exploration of filial duty, expectation and regret. From the simple tale of an elderly couple’s visit to their grown-up children in Tokyo, Ozu draws a compelling contrast between the measured dignity of age and the hurried insensitivity of a younger generation. 

Also included on the release is Ozu’s incisive satire, Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family [Toda-ke no kyōdai] (1941), which explores similar themes, as, following the death of her husband, Mrs Toda and her youngest daughter receive a frosty reception from the extended family.

Tokyo Story Blu-ray cover art

Currently available to stream on BFI Player’s Subscription service in a small collection of Ozu Yasujirō films that will be expanded to 25 films from 5 June 2020 as part of JAPAN 2020, a major new BFI season celebrating Japanese cinema, Tokyo Story will be released on Blu-ray in the UK by the BFI on 15 June 2020 at the RRP of £19.99.

Blu-ray features:

  • Re-mastered in 4K with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack 
  • An Introduction to Tokyo Story  (2020, 26 mins): Asian-cinema expert Tony Rayns provides an introduction to Ozu’s most acclaimed film
  • Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (1941, 105 mins): following the death of her husband, Mrs Toda realises she has been left with sizeable debts and an extended family reluctant to support her
  • Talking with Ozu (1993, 40 mins): a tribute to the legendary director featuring filmmakers Lindsay Anderson, Claire Denis, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Aki Kaurismäki, Stanley Kwan, Paul Schrader and Wim Wenders
  • Furnival and Son (1948, 19 mins): recounts the difficult choice a recently demobbed serviceman has to make between an unexpected job offer elsewhere, and resuming his pre-war position as his father's right-hand man in their small cutlery firm, Furnival and Son
  • Image gallery
  • ***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet including an essay by Professor Joan Mellen, archival writing by John Gillett and Lindsay Anderson and a biography of Yasujirô Ozu by Tony Rayns