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Tokyo Sonata (2008)

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An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company.

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An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company.

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Every family has its secrets. [USA release]

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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27 September 2008 (Japan)  »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$28,345 (USA) (13 March 2009)

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$277,315 (USA) (16 October 2009)
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A modern day Death of a Salesman
16 April 2013 | by (Saigon, Vietnam) – See all my reviews

Salary man loses his job and in order to save face lives a lie to his family by continuing to set off to work as if all was normal. Meanwhile his wife detects the changes whilst his two son's grow further away from him.

The backdrop is the 2008 Japanese recession, and throughout we see suited figures walking ghostly across the screen, some looking for jobs, others like the lead character living their own lies. The movie doesn't pull any punches in it's damming portrayal of a modern Japan, throughout we see Tokyo portrayed as confined, gritty, cold and sterile. Gone are the neon and hyper kinetics of Shubuya or the affluent Ginza, what we have are job centre queues and homeless shelter camps.

What this movie also draws light on is a sense of masculinity in the modern age. We have the sins of the father resonating throughout this movie adding to a greater sense of tragedy.

Throughout Tokyo Sonata we feel as though the tragic nature of the storyline can only head in one direction, however whereas many tragedies shows art as destruction, here we have art as saviour.

A truly touching movie, the likes of which I haven't seen in a while. The movie doesn't wallow in it's own self pity, what is shows is that all our destined paths can only be walked by us alone, no matter what ties and bonds we have made along the way.

If every movie endeavoured to convey this stark yet simple message, then I'll be for that.


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