Supposedly Make Way for Tomorrow was Ozu's inspiration for Tokyo Story. I saw the American film many years after I saw the Ozu film and only found out the connection then, after reading about the film online.
I saved up Tokyo Story to watch last of my recordings from Setsuko Hara's day, since I knew it would destroy me. I also felt more of the Make Way for Tomorrow connection this time, but I also felt Tokyo Story was a greater film. That whole famous conversation at the end between Noriko and Kyoko is both more subtle and emotionally BIG than anything in the American film, much as I