See you, space cowboy.
A rewatch only confirms what I’ve held all along: Tokyo Story is a staggering work of art and one of cinema’s defining explorations of love, apathy, repression and regret.
A few things I fixated on this time around:
- The scars left by the Second World War are much more explicit than I remembered. Ozu’s entire Noriko trilogy deals with shifting personal and cultural paradigms in postwar Japan, but the way in which Shoji’s ghost hangs over the entire drama…