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"Tokyo Sonata" and "How to Live in the German Federal Republic" on DVD

4 May 2010 7:13 AM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

You know where you are right away with "Tokyo Sonata" -- Kiyoshi Kurosawa-ville, a suburb of Japanese cinema that's commonly plagued by secret chaotic pressure, bubbling to the surface and causing cracks in the pavement. Here, it's a storm wind blowing in from off-camera, whisking a wide sheet of newspaper off a table and floating it across the room like a lazy manta. A woman scurries over to close the door, wipes up the rain on the floor, and then opens the door again, to watch the onslaught of weather in the trees. Bad times are coming.

Kurosawa is one of the most tirelessly fascinating directors at work today -- he almost single-handedly lit the fuse for the J-horror movement, but actually his best-known films, from "Cure" (1997) to "Pulse" (2001) to "Doppelganger" (2003), aren't genre films but confrontational parables about instability and dislocation, often garlicked up with a Buñuelian sense of »

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