105. Tokyo Story (B+)
Another Sight & Sound
mainstay, by Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu. The cultural product that most comes to mind on watching this is another Japanese cultural figure from the same period, the novels of the Nobel Laureate Kawabata Yasunari. There's the same sort of minimalism, and, perhaps, the sense on my part that I don't know enough about Japanese culture to understand all the finer points of this. The basic story (about children growing apart from their parents) is, of course, more universal. Much like The Rules of the Game
, this is fine (it has better drawn-characters, certainly; the widowed daughter-in-law Noriko is especially compelling), but at no point did it really dazzle me. Maybe it's one of those things to revisit in a few years.
Home Video: 67
Computer: 12 (+1)