Sunday, September 14, 2008

Tokyo Story

This video clip is from a movie entitled Tokyo Story which we just watched via Netflix. This movie was released in 1953, yet it's still relevant today. This is one of my favorite scenes where drunken friends are contemplating life. It's their drinking-induced clarity of thought that was so profound. As relevant as the dialog sounds, the truth is the post-war working class is what skyrocketed Japan out of oblivion. Thanks to their work ethic during the 50s to present, Japan enjoys its position as the third wealthiest economy. But their means to that success (apart from God) adds to their own demise - especially the 30,000+ who commit suicide each year.

I love Japanese nostalgia and this movie deals with some tough issues, so I encourage anyone with a couple hours to spare to watch this relaxed-paced film.