Setsuko Hara and Chishu Ryu, in 'Tokyo Story'

I watched Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story twice, and only during the second viewing did I understand who the characters were and how they were related to each other. Such is Ozu’s style, explains David Desser, editor of Ozu’s Tokyo Story, a collection of writings about the 1953 drama. He provides the audio commentary and describes the director’s high expectation of his audience to keep up. Indeed, exposition can be intrusive to a film’s narrative, but here is a film that could have used an intrusion … Read the rest of my review at