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Tokyo Sonata

General info
Original title: Tokyo Sonata (トウキョウソナタ)
Year: 2008
Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.6 2891 votes
Plot: TOKYO SONATA is a portrait of a seemingly ordinary Japanese family. The father who abruptly loses his job conceals the truth from his family; the eldest son in college hardly returns home; the youngest son furtively takes piano lessons without telling his parents; and the mother, who knows deep down that her role is to keep the family together, cannot find the will to do so. From the exterior, all is normal and the same. But somehow, a single, unforeseeable chasm has appeared within the family, only to spread ever so quietly and quickly to disintegrate them.

In the hands of world famous director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, known for his thrillers and movies of suspense, this story will probe the dark side of human nature and the social problems that confront contemporary Japan. Kurosawa’s portrayal of the breakdown and redemption of Japan’s “ordinary family” will be every bit as gripping as his previous works.
  • Script is developed by Kurosawa and Sachiko Tanaka from an original by Aussie Max Mannix (“Dance of the Dragon”).
  • Considered as one of the Cannes most unexpected surprises 'Tokyo Sonata' won the jury prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival and became the first movie from Japan to receive that honor.
  • On the 3rd Asian Film Awards Tokyo Sonata won Best Film and Best Screenwriter. And also it was awarded best film at the Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema.
  • The film currently holds an 92% rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
  • Budget: $2 million.
Movie info
Language: Japanese
Colormode: Color
Running time: 120

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Featured reviews for

Tokyo Sonata
(overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 based on 8 reviews)
Midnight Eye, by Tom Mes source: http://www.midnighteye.com/reviews/tokyo-sonata.shtml
«Tokyo Sonata would be unbearable if it weren't the director's masterpiece.»
movieXclusive.com, by John Li - 4/5 source: http://www.moviexclusive.com/review/tokyosonata/tokyosonata.html
«A finely crafted film that you will appreciate»
Lunapark6, by Ramen Lover - 9/10 source: http://lunapark6.com/tokyo-sonata.html
«“Tokyo Sonata” is a multi-layered film that follows the path of a musical sonata in its narrative structure. ... What a wonderful film.»
Eye For Film, by Emma Slawinski source: http://www.eyeforfilm.co.uk/reviews.php?id=7631
«Considering each aspect individually, this is a picture of outstanding quality, from the strong cast to the photography and haunting soundtrack to the acute character studies.»
Cinematical, by James Rocchi source: http://www.cinematical.com/2008/05/18/cannes-review-tokyo-sonata/
«then again, horror and humor are both exercises in tension, and Kurosawa demonstrates his understanding of that with true skill here.»
Twitch, by Todd Brown source: http://twitchfilm.net/reviews/2008/09/tokyo-sonata-review.php
«... this is an elegant, insightful piece of work that stands among the best films he has made throughout his career»
Variety, By DEREK ELLEY source: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117937179.html?categoryid=31&cs=1
«Though there’s nothing here that hasn’t been dealt with in other Japanese movies, pic benefits considerably from its pitch-perfect performances — especially Kagawa as the diminutive, wild-eyed paterfamilias, and the graceful Koizumi»
Time Out London, by David Jenkins - 4/5 source: http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/86343/Tokyo_Sonata.html
«There’s a slightly uncomfortable tonal shift from the ironically subdued to the vaguely screwball, but thematically, the film remains remarkably sure-footed, offering a thought-provoking critique of stereotypes, gender roles and archaic tradition within Japanese society ...»
Empire, by David Parkinson - 3/5 source: http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/ReviewComplete.asp?FID=135878
«... the scenario unravels after a shopping-mall encounter pitches the family into turmoil, and the restoration of harmony at Inowaki’s piano audition feels unwarrantedly cosy.»
Time Out New York, by Joshua Rothkopf - 4/5 source: http://www.timeout.com/film/newyork/reviews/86343/tokyo_sonata.html
«Dinnertime revelations like this lead the viewer to an admirable realization: Kurosawa is growing up, modulating his formula, successfully moving into Magnolia-like domestic-meltdown territory.»
The Hollywood Reporter, by Maggie Lee source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/awards_festivals/fest_reviews/arti~~~d=11136
«Teruyuki Kawaga effectively elicits pity and distaste, while former pop idol Kyoko Koizumi holds off sentimentality with her role as a mother who refuses to conform to the role of family tent-pole.»
Chicago Sun-Times, by Roger Ebert - 3.5/4 source: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090409/REV~~~97/1023
«All you know about three-act structure is going to be useless in watching this film, even though, like many sonatas, it has three movements.»

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Persons

Filmmakers

Kurosawa, KiyoshiKUROSAWA Kiyoshi
director/writer
TANAKA Sachiko
writer
MANNIX Max
writer
Hashimoto, KazumasaHASHIMOTO Kazumasa
composer
Persons

Cast

Kagawa, TeruyukiKAGAWA Teruyuki
as Ryûhei Sasaki
Koizumi, KyôkoKOIZUMI Kyôko
as Megumi Sasaki
Koyanagi, YûKOYANAGI Yû
as Takashi Sasaki
Kai, InowakiKAI Inowaki
as Kenji Sasaki
Igawa, HarukaIGAWA Haruka
as Kaneko-san
Tsuda, KanjiTSUDA Kanji
as Kurosu
Kojima, KazuyaKOJIMA Kazuya
as Kobayashi-san
Yakusho, KôjiYAKUSHO Kôji
as Dorobô
GRAY Jason
as Amerika no ashigaru



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