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Tony Takitani (2004)
"Tonî Takitani" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  29 January 2005 (Japan)
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When technical illustrator Tony Takitani asks his wife to resist her all-consuming obsession for designer clothes, the consequences are tragic.

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Credited cast:
Issei Ogata ...
Tony Takitani, Shozaburo Takitani
Rie Miyazawa ...
Konuma Eiko, Hisako
Shinohara Takahumi ...
Young Tony Takitani
Hidetoshi Nishijima ...
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Yumi Endô
Miho Fujima ...
4th daughter
Miki Hayashida
Shizuka Moriyama
Hiroshi Yamamoto
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Due to his Western name, Tony was shunned by other kids and spent a solitary childhood. Though gifted as an artist, his drawings lacked feeling, so as an adult, he carved a career as a technical illustrator. Then in middle age, Tony suddenly falls for a pretty young woman, Eiko Konuma, who visits him one day on business. Eiko is like an angel in Tony's daily existence, and for the first time in his life, he feels connected to the outside world. However, Eiko does have one fault: she's a clothing shopaholic. Confusion also begins to develop when it appears that Eiko has a double. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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one of the most exquisitely faithful "book to movie" films i have seen
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I had finished reading the short story Tony Takitani in Murakami's Blind Willow, Sleeping Women then a week later I saw the trailer for it on one of my cable stations. The story was still very fresh in my mind and I was very interested to see how it would be adapted to screen. I could not believe how just how utterly faithful this movie has stayed to the book. It captures the story, the feeling, the characters so completely. I sat there so enthralled with this film I don't even think I blinked. I can not praise this movie enough or the director who had respect enough for the author to not change the story to suit his own ego. This is a beautifully poignant yet understated story of love, obsession, loneliness and acceptance and proves you don't need sex, guns and special effects to captivate an audience....for any Murakami fan who has read the story please do yourself a favor and watch this movie. This is simply one of the most faithfully adapted "book to movie" films since Death in Venice. It is superb.


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