Since the film was chosen as the first film for the Sutherland Trophy at the BFI London Film Festival in 1958, "Tokyo Story" has been acclaimed as a masterpiece of Japanese films. Internationally praised as one of the most important films in the history, this has now became official with the British Film Institute's poll for Sight and Sound magazine in 2012: "Tokyo Story" was ranked as the No.1 for the poll of directors' top 10 Greatest Films of All Time and No. 3 in Critics' choice of Top 10 Films. In the magazine, "Tokyo Story" is mentioned that '("Tokyo Story") is a recognition of the fact that sometimes the most powerful films seem at first to be the simplest - and that an unforgettably framed image of an aging married couple sitting contemplatively on a seafront can say more than a thousand lines of dialogue' (James Bell, 2012: 62, Sight & Sound, September 2012 issue).
Shukichi Hirayama and his wife Tomi decided to visit their three children living in Tokyo. Although children want Shukichi and Tomi have a good time, they actually are busy doing their own business...