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An Inn in Tokyo (1935)

Tôkyô no yado (original title)
Unemployed Kihachi and his two sons struggle to make ends meet. But that doesn't keep Kihachi from wooing single mother Otaka.

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Yasujirô Ozu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Takeshi Sakamoto ... Kihachi
Yoshiko Okada Yoshiko Okada ... Otaka
Chôko Iida ... Otsune
Tomio Aoki Tomio Aoki ... Zenko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kazuko Ojima Kazuko Ojima ... Kuniko
Chishû Ryû ... Police man
Takayuki Suematsu Takayuki Suematsu ... Masako
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Storyline

Unemployed Kihachi and his two sons struggle to make ends meet. But that doesn't keep Kihachi from wooing single mother Otaka.

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Country:

Japan

Release Date:

21 November 1935 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

An Inn in Tokyo See more »

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Shochiku See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This movie is one of the last prewar films featuring the actress Yoshiko Okada. In addition to Yasujirô Ozu, with whom she made three films, Okada acted in important films with Mikio Naruse, Hiroshi Shimizu and Yasujirô Shimazu. A theater as well as film actress, Okada fell in love with a well-known stage director, the Communist Ryokichi Sugimoto, though both were married to other partners, at a time when Japan was becoming increasing fascist. In early January, 1938, the pair somehow managed to enter the Soviet Union together, seeking political and artistic freedom. Unfortunately, their arrival coincided with a government crackdown on Japanese nationals living in the USSR, even those who professed to be leftists. Both Okada and Sugimoto were captured and tortured. He was then executed and she was sent to a gulag for 10 years. Upon release, she survived partly through translation work. She was eventually allowed to direct theater again, and in 1962, she even co-directed a Soviet film, 10000 malchikov (1962) (with Boris Buneev). In the mid-1970s, Okada, now in her seventies, was allowed to return to Japan, where she resumed her career as an elderly character actress. In the mid-1980s, during the time of perestroika, she returned to the Soviet Union, and died there at the age of 89 in 1992. See more »

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Depression Blues-Walking A Dusty Road
21 September 2010 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

This is a silent film by Ozu, and it is brilliant both in its simple telling of the story and its development of the characters. This film is about a father, Kihachi, who has two small sons and is looking for work, so they can eat. He meets a young mother with a daughter and for a while she is out of the film. Near the end of his rope, he runs into an old female friend, who finds work for him and enables the boys to go to school. The young mother has come to the town with her daughter and he looks to help her, but is also interested in her. As simple as this sounds, the film is wrought with emotion, and is brilliant in that your own thoughts could be somewhat mixed about this. Shouldn't he be more grateful to the (female) friend who helped him find work? One of Ozu's best qualities is to show sadness, happiness and fear in its most basic, raw forms. The acting, even by the children, is uniformly wonderful. Even Mr. Ryu, whom I believe to be one of the greatest if not the greatest character actors in film history, is in this film in a small role. Ozu's films are methodically slow moving mostly, this one included, but I have always felt that prospective film makers should study his work to understand the virtues of simplicity in telling a story on film. Up there with Ozu's best. Possibly not as good as "Tokyo Story" and "Late Spring" but very highly recommended.


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