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Tokyo Story (Tokyo Monogatari)

DFI Japanese Cinema Showcase at the MIA

/ Feature Narrative / Japan / 1953 / 135 min / Black & White / 35mm
In Japanese / Arabic, English subtitles
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.

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The most enduring masterpiece from director Yasujiro Ozu, this 1953 classic is a beautifully nuanced exploration of family duty, expectation and regret. From the simple tale of an elderly couple’s visit to Tokyo to see their grown-up children, Ozu draws a compelling contrast between the measured dignity of age and the hurried insensitivity of a younger generation.

As part of its year-round screening series, Doha Film Institute (DFI) presents a showcase of acclaimed works from the rich and diverse cinematic tradition of Japan. The showcase is part of the Qatar Japan 2012 initiative, marking the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The series will feature classic and modern films, celebrating some of the masters, stars, genres and studios that have made Japan a leader in world cinema. Screenings will take place over the last weekend of every month at the Museum of Islamic Art auditorium from March to September.

A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will go to the ROTA Tsunami Relief Fund.

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