The Ozu Collection: Three Melodramas (2012) – Woman of Tokyo, Early Spring, Tokyo Twilight

First published by movieScope If the word ‘melodrama’ evokes shrill revelations, explosive reversals and over-demonstrative character meltdowns, then you might be surprised to see these three films united under that genre banner. Sure, all three of Woman of Tokyo (Tokyo no onna, 1933), Early Spring (Shoshun, 1957) and Tokyo Twilight (Tokyo boshoku, 1957) – the first separated from the other…

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Tokyo Story (1953)

First published by Little White Lies “Ladies and gentleman, welcome to Tokyo. Let us trace the history of this great city”. So says the unseen guide on the Tokyo tour bus, before pointing out how the 500-year-old Imperial Palace “contrasts strongly with the bustle of modern Tokyo.” Elderly couple Shukichi (Ryû Chishû) and Tomi (Higashiyama Chieko)…