Second Saturday Silent Cinema presents: An Inn in Tokyo

Silent cinema went well into the 1930s in Japan, and the prolific Yasujiro Ozu was one of Japan’s greatest masters of the craft.

Named by Chicago Magazine as the Best New Film Series of 2011 and recently hailed by the Chicago Reader’s J.R. Jones as one of the best movie matinee series in the city; the Music Box Silent Cinema Series is presented on the second Saturday of each month at noon! All films are shown “authentically” in 35mm at proper silent film speed and aspect ratio with live accompaniment by Dennis Scott at the Music Box theatre organ!


Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students.

An Inn in Tokyo

directed by Yasujirô Ozu starring Takeshi Sakamoto, Yoshiko Okada, Chôko Iida Silent

An Inn In Tokyo is the final installment in Ozu’s unofficial Kihachi Trilogy, and also one of his finest silent works. The film anticipates Post-War Italian neorealism, especially Vittorio de Sica’s The Bicycle Thieves, which shares with that film a pathos for the tribulations of abject poverty and the difficulty of finding gainful employment. Kihachi (Takeshi Sakamoto) is struggling through the Depression with his two young sons as he wanders the industrial landscape of Tokyo seeking work. Crossing paths with a single mother and her young daughter, Kihachi must make a decision that could forfeit all his hopes and desires for a stable life for himself and his two sons.

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