Tokyo Story

  • Dir: Ozu Yasujiro

  • Japan, 1953, 136minmins

  • Cast: Ryu Chishu, Higashiyama Chieko, Hara Setsuko

Universally regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, and featuring Hara Setsuko’s defining role with Ozu, Tokyo Story is his tender vision of the evanescence of family and tradition in the booming post-war metropolis. An old couple from the provinces visits Tokyo to see their adult children, who – apart from Hara’s dutiful widowed daughter-in-law – put them off with business and excuses. Hara’s generosity extends beyond duty, even reason perhaps, highlighting the ideal form of humanity and the values of a bygone world. This role sees Hara symbolizes the sublime compassion that is central to the triumph of this masterpiece, and to Ozu’s oeuvre.

#3 in Kinema Junpo’s 100 Greatest Japanese Films in 1999

#3 in Sight & Sound’s 2012 Greatest Films of All Time poll


    In-theatre Screening

    • 2016-07-09 (Sat)
      2016-07-30 (Sat)


    1. Screenings at Broadway Cinematheque are available at Broadway Cinematheque and website of Broadway Circuit only. For related ticketing information, please refer to www.cinema.com.hk.

    2. Screenings at Emperor Cinemas iSQUARE, Emperor Cinemas Times Square and PREMIERE Elements : tickets are available at URBTIX till 5pm one day before respective screening, after which tickets will be available only at the box office of the respective venue on the day of screening, subject to availability.

    3. Screenings at HK Arts Centre and M+ Cinema : tickets are available at URBTIX outlets until one hour before the screening, after which tickets are available at URBTIX website and mobile app. On-the-day tickets will also be available at the Self-service Ticketing Kiosk of the respective venue, subject to availability.

    4. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

    5. While it is the HKIFFS’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, the HKIFFS appreciates its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.