Archive for March 25th, 2009

The first in our new bit of fun in which contributors/visitors to WitD send in pictures and you guys have to guess which film they’re from.  The prize will be absolutely nothing, just bragging rights until the next one.

Any with pictures you’d like to put up email them to rollo.tomassi@btinternet.com

This one from Tony d’Ambra, not that you need telling when you see it as the suspect list had only two on it…clue – it isn’t a musical 🙂



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by Allan Fish

(Japan 1953 135m) DVD1/2

Aka. Tokyo Monogatari

Isn’t life disappointing?                           

Takeshi Yamamoto  d  Yasujiro Ozu  w  Yasujiro Ozu, Hogo Noda  ph  Yuharu Atsuta  ed  Yoshiyasu Hamamura  m  Kojun Saito  art  Tatsuo Hamada

Chishu Ryu (Shukishi Hirayama), Chieko Higashiyama (Tomi Hirayama), Setsuko Hara (Noriko), Haruko Sugimura (Shige Kaneko), Nobuo Nakamura (Kurazo Kaneko), So Yamamura (Koichi), Kuniko Miyaki, Eijiro Tono, Kyoko Kagawa, Shiro Osaka,

Indeed.  That quote sounds more like something out of a Mike Leigh drama; one can imagine it issuing from the mouth of a Timothy Spall or a Lesley Manville with ease, yet it’s from Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story.  Ozu’s masterpiece is a film not only about migration to the city, but about man’s inherent neglect of our parents in old age.  It was also a thoroughly refreshing No 1 in John Walker’s “Halliwell’s Top 1,000.”

            Shukishi and Tomi are an elderly couple living in a small Japanese coastal town whose children have, with the exception of a daughter who works as a schoolteacher, gone to the big city, one of whom was killed in military service. When they go to see their children and grand-children in the big city they are treated, if not coldly, then as an embarrassment, to be entertained, ushered away and kept from view.  (more…)

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