Yasujiro Ozu ranks, along with Kurosawa, as one of Japan's greatest film directors. His towering masterpiece, TOKYO STORY, is considered by many to be one of the greatest motion pictures ever made. The film was released in 1953, over two decades after Ozu's directorial debut. TOKYO STORY therefore, represents a watershed moment in the auteur's illustrious career: the beginning of his late period, when Yasujiro, the accomplished innovator, grew into the height of his powers and earned a reputation for truly masterful filmmaking.
"From the opening seconds Ozu fans find themselves at home..."
- John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"watching them side by side brings about a more complete understanding and appreciation of the master's work, not to mention the sublime peace and happiness that comes from the work itself."
- Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid