O.K. Well, over the last 2 years i've said something about almost all my favourites, but i think it's the turn of Tokyo Story. Its plot is simple. An elderly couple living in the provinces go to visit their adult children in the capital but find only their widowed daughter-in-law, the lovely Setsuko Hara, has time and genuine concern for them. It's a superbly acted, quiet gentle film, full of generosity, wisdom, warmth, compassion, integrity and insights into family and generational relationships.
Its cinematic techniques are typically restrained, with Ozu's trademark still and low camera (about shoulder height to someone seated on the floor), even editing rhythms, and carefully controlled shots that give meaning to simple objects, the local environment and a sense of space off-screen.
It's ultimately extremely touching and beautiful and is one of the most admired masterpieces in world cinema, voted in the all-time top 10 in several major international polls, including Sight and Sound. I know many regulars here are well familiar with its qualities, but i hope anyone who's not seen it (and whose interests go well beyond the latest helter-skelter violent action movies) will give it a go.