June 2023



Every couple of months, we share with you a personal recommendation from Rinpoche about one of his favorite things—a book, a movie, a piece of music, a coffee shop, a bookstore …

And of course, “You don’t have to go through these. Only if you have time to kill.”

This time, a movie.

Tokyo Story (1953) 

Tokyo Story (東京物語, Tōkyō Monogatari) is a 1953 Japanese drama directed by Yasujiro Ozu and starring Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara. It’s about an aging couple who travel to Tokyo to visit their grown children. Tokyo Story is widely regarded as Ozu’s masterpiece and one of the greatest films in the history of cinema.

There are not many films that manage to make me have tears in my eyes. There’s very little. Actually, there’s only one film that makes me choke almost every time I watch. Even though I know that scene is coming as I watch, and I already know what’s going to happen. I’m talking about the film Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story.