Without a doubt, this is Yasujirō Ozu’s masterpiece, exploring generational differences in post-war Japan. Retired couple Shūkichi and Tomi Hirayama make a rare trip out of their rural Onomichi township to visit their adult children in Tokyo. On arrival, they discover the burgeoning capital and the priorities of their family members are distinctly different to their expectations. While their son and daughter have no time for their parents, their widowed daughter-in-law goes out of her way to pay them respect and introduce them to Tokyo life. One of the most graceful, profound films ever made. Just lovely to watch.
★★★★★ “This remains one of the most approachable and moving of all cinema’s masterpieces” — Time Out