Ozu Yasujiro's Tokyo Story explores disillusionment within the prosperity of postwar Japan as the elderly Hirayamas discover that their family is separated not only by physical distances but also by generational ones. The film's striking visual style of "tatami shots," 180-degree cuts, and "intermediate spaces" conveys a melodramatic mode that is altogether different from comparable melodramatic modes in films from Cairo, Chennai, Mumbai, or Los Angeles–New York. (Japan 1953; black-and-white; Japanese; 136 minutes; dir. Ozu Yasujiro)
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