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Tokyo Sonata (2008)

Teruyuki Kagawa , Kyko Koizumi , Kiyoshi Kurosawa  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Teruyuki Kagawa, Kyko Koizumi, Y Koyanagi, Kai Inowaki, Haruka Igawa
  • Directors: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Writers: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Max Mannix, Sachiko Tanaka
  • Producers: Michael J. Werner, Raymond Phathanavirangoon, Wouter Barendrecht, Yasushi Kotani, Yukie Kito
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0037FFBCM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,424 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tokyo Sonata" on IMDb

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Ashamed after unexpectedly losing his job, Ryuhei decides to keep his news a secret. His lies and personal torment go unnoticed by his family, whose lives are also quickly unraveling. Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kurosawa's best film in years. August 27, 2009
Tokyo Sonata (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2008)

Kiyoshi Kurosawa branded himself one of the great new breed of Japanese filmmakers in the mid-nineties with Cure and Charisma, two of the best Japanese film of the last half of the last century. After spending some time directing horror films, which seems almost obligatory for Japanese directors these days (with a quick break in 2003 for the wonderful Bright Future), he has shown that he's still capable of directing some of modern Japan's best films with Tokyo Sonata.

Ryuhei Sasaki (Hero's Teruyuki Kagawi), unsatisfied with the direction his company is taking, walks out on his position as the head of the administration department. While this is initially a liberating thing, he quickly runs into the big question: how's he going to tell his wife Megumi (Kyoko Koizumi, recently of Adrift in Tokyo)? This is not an uncommon question for salarymen who have quit, or lost, their jobs in Tokyo, it seems; the park where day laborers go to pick up work is chock full of guys in three-piece suits just like Sasaki. In fact, one day he meets an old school chum of his, Kurosu (The Great Yokai War's Kanji Tsuda, who also acts opposite Kagawi in the 20th Century Boys film series), in the food line. The two of them make a pact to help the other hide their unemployment from their families, but Sasaki quickly learns the truth of the matter--everyone knows Kurosu is unemployed except his wife. Sasaki fears the same may be true of his two sons, Takashi (Clearness' Yu Koyanagi) and Kenji (Inowaki Kai in his first screen appearance), but it seems his family is too busy falling apart to notice.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Kiyoshi Kurosawa's latest film speaks directly to contemporary issues, that are relevant both in Japan and around the world: the economic crisis and corporate downsizing, a growing identity crisis within the so-called "nuclear family," increasing uncertainty regarding gender roles, and political uncertainties in the wake of terrorist scares and the wars in the Middle East. When a large corporation decides to ship most of its jobs oversees to China with its less expensive labor force, a middle manager is left without a job and without a clue how he can break it to his wife without losing face. So he decides not to tell her. It turns out he's not alone. As he discovers, there are hordes of out-of-work businessmen who also couldn't break it to their wives and pretend to go to work but wind up wandering parks and loitering daily in lounges, until they can safely return home without arousing suspicion. This is an alternately heartbreaking, horrific and funny film about the slow unravelling of a family, that remains together only to maintain appearances, and raises the question whether there is any possibility of starting over, of becoming a new person, of choosing for oneself rather than living by habit and to keep up appearances, and especially if such a thing is possible in an increasingly uncertain political and economic climate.

K. Kurosawa (no relation to Akira) is best known for his horror-themed films, and is responsible for some of the very best of the so-called "J-horror" films (Cure, Pulse, Retribution).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tokyo Sonata January 8, 2011
`Tokyo Sonata' is a very understated, yet strangely moving film.

It is gentle and slightly sad and follows a Japanese family, which includes an undervalued wife, a proud husband who loses his job but goes out each day as if he still has one and hides it from family and a son who is desperate to lean piano despite having to secretly use his lunch money to pay for lessons.

In a very bare and pared back style you experience their dreams and failures and the inner turmoil behind their everyday lives. In the main this film has no obvious musical soundtrack to augment the scenes which makes it feel more stark and sad somehow. This contrasts powerfully with the few scenes with piano playing which make these scenes soar and resonate that much more strongly than they normally would.

Everyone acts extremely well and the direction draws out every detail and nuance in the various scenes. Japanese film are noted for their attention to detail and the small touches that show a deeper meaning and this film is no exception.

I was unsure what to expect from this film and whilst it is slow paced and doesn't spell out every emotion or feeling (like many American films tend to do) this is immensely satisfying and leaves you feeling uplifted and calm at the same time. If you are fond of world cinema or Japanese films in general then you really must check this out at some point.

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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of 2008 July 4, 2010
After a retreat to the atmospheric and spectral Loft and Retribution that reinforce Kiyoshi Kurosawa's reputation as a horror filmmaker, Tokyo Sonata continues in the vein of his idiosyncratically personal (and arguably, more interesting), yet equally unsettling films that began with Bright Future. As the film begins, the family patriarch, middle-aged senior administrative manager, Ryuhei (Teruyuki Kagawa) has been notified that the company has outsourced his job to China (where his salary would pay for three language-fluent office workers) and, without portable skills that could be applied to another department, will be immediately laid off from work. Reluctant to tell his family for fear of undermining his authority, Ryuhei continues the pretext of leaving for work with his briefcase each morning, spending his days alternately lining up at a job placement office and a charity lunch service on the park. Meanwhile, his stay-at-home wife, Megumi (Kyoko Koizumi), has begun to feel trapped in her unappreciated role of keeping the household together, her newly obtained driver's license symbolizing her liberated, if guilty step away from the familiar routines of domestic life (a search for identity implied by her intended use of the license as a form of identification). Their university-aged son, Takashi (Yu Koyanagi) is similarly adrift in his part-time job distributing flyers on the streets, and sees a provision for foreigners enlisting in the U.S. military as a means of asserting his independence. Younger son, Kenji (Kai Inowaki), having been caught passing a manga book in the classroom, stages his own minor rebellion: exposing the teacher's own penchant for reading erotic themed manga on the train, and subsequently, taking piano lessons against his father's objection. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by newlife
5.0 out of 5 stars intelligent, keen look at the dynamics of a family ...
This is a mature, intelligent, keen look at the dynamics of a family under various stresses, particularly financial ones. It is an exceptionally warm movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Wonderful, can relate to life story
In this day and age of layoffs and life's unpleasant surprises, this is a must-see movie to get through it. Great actors, acting, stories, and music. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Light at the end of the tunnel
Until almost the end, I found this movie very well crafted with great acting, but pointlessly bleak and depressing, so I was inclined to give it 3 stars. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Irfan A. Alvi
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie.
Tokyo Sonata is such a beautiful movie. It is hard to find as well, so this was a great deal for the blu-ray/DVD combo pack.
Published 18 months ago by Simone Poitras
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film
Really a beautiful and moving film and very insightful into Japanese culture and family dynamics (won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film). Read more
Published 21 months ago by Future of Tokyo
5.0 out of 5 stars The music : follow its bliss!
A Japanese family begins to loose its social status and normal balance, once the father is fired from a succesful job. Read more
Published on October 21, 2012 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
4.0 out of 5 stars The Effects of Sudden Job Loss On A Japanese Family
This movie is an examination of what happens to a family in Japan when the only breadwinner, a salaried man, loses his longstanding job. Read more
Published on May 24, 2012 by J Tate
5.0 out of 5 stars I wasn't expecting it to be this good!
I am a lover of Japanese cinema new and old, and lately we have seen a handful of really good modern films being brought to the states. Read more
Published on December 14, 2011 by Christopher Barrett
4.0 out of 5 stars A family in turmoil
Tokyo Sonata is about a family going through a crisis. Each of the members are slowly unraveling and have to confront secrets or make tough decisions. Read more
Published on December 21, 2010 by Amit Talpade
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