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

Director:

Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Writers:

Kiyoshi Kurosawa (screenplay), Max Mannix | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Ryûhei Sasaki
Kyôko Koizumi ... Megumi Sasaki
Yû Koyanagi ... Takashi Sasaki
Kai Inowaki ... Kenji Sasaki
Haruka Igawa ... Kaneko-san The Piano Teacher
Kanji Tsuda Kanji Tsuda ... Kurosu
Kazuya Kojima Kazuya Kojima ... Kobayashi-san
Kôji Yakusho ... Dorobô The Robber
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Faisal Ahmed Faisal Ahmed ... Train Conductor
Denden ... Janitor
Jason Gray Jason Gray ... Amerika no ashigaru
Hajime Inoue Hajime Inoue
Masayuki Ito Masayuki Ito
Kenji Kawahara Kenji Kawahara
Toshiyuki Kitami Toshiyuki Kitami
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Storyline

The wind of change is blowing as a family grapples with unemployment, alienation, mistrust and a lack of communication. When a Japanese salaryman loses his job to outsourcing to China, it is just the beginning of a series of family shattering incidents leading to the implosion of the family unit. Written by aghaemi

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Every family has its secrets. [USA release]

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

In some outdoor scenes where Ryuhei is loitering with other unemployed people you can see Tokyo Monorail in the background. See more »

Connections

References L'Argent (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Claire de Lune
Composed by Claude Debussy
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I highly recommend this film.
16 April 2009 | by khemassSee all my reviews

At first I thought this film would be a depressing story to watch, but I was surprised that the film was actually very uplifting. Although it's a sad story overall, it has a very powerful message if you watch it to the end, a message that will encourage you to move on even when life gets to its darkest moment.

This story is about problems of people in Tokyo, all sorts of problems. The leader of the family lose their job and was afraid to tell his family, the elder son join American army and go to war, the younger son wants to learn the piano but the father forbids him, the wife is depressed of trying to hold the family together. The film is so delicate and beautiful. It captures the feeling of each character and the whole depressive atmosphere of Tokyo very well. The pace is slow but it's not boring because you can follow the story very easily and you can sympathize with each one of the characters. It doesn't even have any Hollywood boring formula of sentimental film. This is a real work of art.

I'm not gonna spoil this movie. I just want to tell you to go watch this film and watch it to the end although you feel that it's getting darker and darker. For me, this is not another good movie. This is a "great" movie because after I watch it, I feel that now I can go on with my life.


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Country:

Japan | Netherlands | Hong Kong

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 September 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Tokyo Sonata See more »

Filming Locations:

Ebisu, Tokyo, Japan

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,345, 15 March 2009

Gross USA:

$278,356

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$943,547
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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