Tribute stays true to classic

Tribute stays true to classic

You may think it would be foolhardy, almost taboo, for any director to decide to remake a film like Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story, a timeless classic that has been on global "Top 10 best films of all time" lists since its release in 1953.

Yet Yoji Yamada, of Japanese film production company Shochiku, took up this ultimate remake challenge partly to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the master's death.

Tokyo Family follows an elderly couple who travel to Tokyo from the countryside, to visit their grown-up children.

However, life moves quickly in the big city, and their children have no time to spare for them.

The disappointed couple returns home after several days of small adventures. Then a tragic death occurs and regret ensues.

The film follows the same theme as Tokyo Story - the dissolution of traditional values. But from anecdotes about GPS in taxis to references to Japan's 2011 earthquake, there are some clever updates to look out for.

The kind-hearted younger son, played by Satoshi Tsumabuki, is also excellent at embodying a confused generation battling with underemployment and an uncertain future.

This loyal remake comes off as a heartfelt tribute that urges audiences to check out the even more brilliant original.

YP Rating: 4/5



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