The Struggle In Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story

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Generations don’t battle, they mostly clash into each other. We see this in our very own lives, where parents bring up their past and say, “If only you knew how good you have it!”. This will forever be somewhat a problem in the past, present, and future of our lives. One generation will always be underestimated or beyond correct then the other. In Yasujiro Ozu’s film Tokyo Story we see constant clashing of the elderly and the youth. Ozu’s message of how the generations have changed is a way of him defining to us what the human struggle is. Due to the character’s actions in the way they treat each other we can pick up on the struggles that they are having and see the human struggle in the film. At the start of the film, Ozu shows us two of the main characters of the film; Shukichi and Tomi. We see them packing their bags to go on a trip. They are going to see their children whom, they haven’t seen in a long while. We can see that Ozu is showing us that becoming old is one struggle that most humans fear, but of course it must occur in our lives. When the old slow couple are packing, Shukichi asks Tomi where the inflatable pillow is and Tomi responds and says that she gave it to him. With aging comes forgetfulness and stubbornness; and when Tomi says she gave it to him he starts to say no you didn’t, you still have it. Later we see it appear in his bag where he said it wasn’t and nothing is said when he finds it. It is simply brushed away with no argument to follow. Ozu shows

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