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How the heck does this matchup have no comments! It is a quintessential Japanese matchup. "Tokyo Story" is a very well made film, at times a little too sappy and definitely overlong, but it is nonetheless, quite touching. However, Kurosawa's "Ikiru" is on a whole new level. Takashi Shimura's portrayal of the aging beaurocrat is one of the all time greatest portrayals. Kurosawa's direction is something of a sight to behold. "Ikiru" is stronger in every aspect for me. THIS MATCHUP NEEDS MORE COMMENTS, PLEASE!!!
Arguably the two best directors to come from Japan, these two films are among the very best films ever made. I have to go with Ikiru for sheer bias, so please don't hate me.
Tokyo Story is a lot better. Ikiru is imo one of Kurosawa's lesser films.
I do not understand how Tokyo Story is so highly rated. It is slow and predictable with mostly terrible acting that isn't helped by the director's choice of constantly having his actors deliver their hamfisted dialogue directly into the camera. Ikiru wins this and it isn't even close.
Agreed (w/ dogs lido) regarding Tokyo Story. It's a chore. Ikiru, on the other hand, is a fantastic film.
I just can't fathom thinking Kurosawa's direction was better. Tokyo Story is visually impeccable, every line, every shadow, every detail. I loved the performances and tones, enough so that I prefer its acting and story to Ikiru (though not to Shimura) but the direction in Tokyo Story is just astounding. But, hey, I also think the last half hour of Ikiru is actually quite a chore.
both are in my top 20, but i prefer tokyo monogatari
voted tokyo story after reading all the negativity in the comments. two winners :)
I like the part where they learn to appreciate him.