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Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad (2007)

Tôkyô tawâ: Okan to boku to, tokidoki, oton (original title)
Leaving her alcoholic husband, Eiko takes their son Masaya away from Tokyo and back to her hometown in a Kyushu rural mining community. She toils to support him though many years of ... See full summary »

Director:

Joji Matsuoka

Writers:

Lily Franky (novel) (as Lily Frankie), Suzuki Matsuo (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joe Odagiri ... Masawa Nakagawa
Kirin Kiki ... Eiko Nakagawa
Yayako Uchida Yayako Uchida ... Eiko Nakagawa - young
Takako Matsu ... Mizue
Kaoru Kobayashi ... Nakagawa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tamae Andô Tamae Andô
Yoshiyoshi Arakawa Yoshiyoshi Arakawa
Akira Emoto Akira Emoto ... Doctor from Sasazuka Clinic
Junko Emoto Junko Emoto
Chisako Hara Chisako Hara
Hiroyuki Hirayama Hiroyuki Hirayama ... Isoyama
Itsuji Itao
Ayumi Itô ... Tamami
Ryô Iwamatsu Ryô Iwamatsu ... Editor on the phone (voice)
Ryô Katsuji ... Hiraguri
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Storyline

Leaving her alcoholic husband, Eiko takes their son Masaya away from Tokyo and back to her hometown in a Kyushu rural mining community. She toils to support him though many years of schooling even after he wastes his time while studying art in a Tokyo university. After graduation he struggles to find work and finally pulls his life together for his mother's sake, ultimately ending up with multiple jobs as an illustrator and even as the host of a sexually-themed talk show on radio. When Eiko becomes ill with cancer, Masaya invites her to live with him in back in Tokyo where the roles of support are reversed. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 April 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Tháp Tokyo: Me, Tôi và Dôi Lúc Bô See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo Tower, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The young Okan (mother) is played by Yayako Uchida who is the daughter of Kirin Kiki who played the old Okan. See more »

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Too much of the ordinary
9 July 2014 | by sharptongueSee all my reviews

I see from the other reviews that TT was adapted from a successful TV series and is autobiographical of a well-known Japanese author. In that case, the central problem with TT seems to be too much reverence for the material.

As a standalone movie, TT is way too long. It rambles and spends too much time on the ordinary details of life, therefore lacking pace and often feeling very depressing. For an international audience, this film could perhaps be cut by as much as half without losing its essence.

On the plus side, the performances are sincere, with the standout being the great character actress Kiki Kirin as the very long-suffering mother. Sentimentally, I have given TT an extra point for being largely set in northern Kyushu, which is where my late wife was born and raised. This area, well-known for coal mining, is one of Japan's rural backwaters, and the young Masaya's strong desire to escape is entirely understandable.

There are many funny and warm moments, though more of the first 3/4 is depressing, ordinary or just plain dull. The final quarter is much tighter and more involving, although still too drawn out.


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