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Tokyo Twilight (1957)

Tôkyô boshoku (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 19 July 1972 (USA)
Two sisters find out the existence of their long-lost mother, but the younger cannot take the truth of being abandoned as a child.

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Yasujirô Ozu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Setsuko Hara ... Takako Numata
Ineko Arima ... Akiko Sugiyama
Chishû Ryû ... Shûkichi Sugiyama
Isuzu Yamada ... Kisako Aijima
Teiji Takahashi ... Noboru Kawaguchi
Masami Taura ... Kenji Kimura
Haruko Sugimura ... Shigeko Takeuchi
Sô Yamamura ... Seki Sekiguchi
Kinzô Shin ... Yasuo Numata
Kamatari Fujiwara ... Gihei Shimomura, noodle vendor
Nobuo Nakamura ... Sakae Aiba
Seiji Miyaguchi ... Policeman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Junji Masuda
Eiko Miyoshi ... Midwife
Teruko Nagaoka
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Storyline

Two sisters live with their father. The younger sister is embroiled in an affair and becomes pregnant. The elder sister has run away from her husband and returned with her child to her parent's home. Both sisters are astonished when their mother, long thought dead, turns up alive. The sisters are even more stunned when they learn what their mother's life has been. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

19 July 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tokyo Twilight See more »

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Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in I Lived, But... (1983) See more »

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A perfect balance.
30 November 2019 | by brogmillerSee all my reviews

This is the last film that Yasujiro Ozu made in black and white and it is an outstanding achievement in every way. He has used his tried and trusted team of composer Saito, art director Hamada and one of the two cameramen that he regularly used, Yuharu Atsuta, whose 'framing' is superb. The performances are simply splendid. Seksuko Hara never ceases to amaze. Isuzu Yamada, very touching as the mother, gave a stupendous portrayal the same year as Lady Macbeth in Kurosawa's 'Throne of Blood'. The performance that dominates however is that of Ineko Arima as the young woman overcome by despair and feelings of worthlessness. This film is intensely moving and one in which Ozu has achieved the perfect balance of simplicity and depth, restraint and emotion. Must be seen.


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