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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)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$277,315 (USA) (16 October 2009)
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Claire de Lune
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A hard look at Japan
13 September 2009 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

For a foreigner like me, Japan is a mystery, both wonderful, weird and hard to understand, especially since most of my information about the country is anecdotal or (worse?) coming from mangas. I've met people having the greatest respect for Japanese customs and people who completely badmouth the country.

From this perspective, Tokyo Sonata is a bit of a gem, showing me how ordinary Japanese people live and think. There is the family, standard issue of father, mother and two children, and there are the roles: head of the family, respectful housewife, rebellious teenager and confused child. What do they do when the economic crisis and the traditional value system clash?

I thought the actors were good, the soundtrack as well (to be expected given the title), and the plot was slow but crisp. There must have been a lot of expectations on a guy directing movies when his last name is Kurosawa and not related to Akira, because the movie was overall an excellent film. However, given its two hour length and slow pace, I advice you look at it when in the mood for cinematography, not some easy entertainment. Also, it is a pretty sad drama in places, so be ready to empathize with some hard hit people.


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