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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.

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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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

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Claire de Lune
Composed by Claude Debussy
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A Tokyo Sonata
31 July 2011 | by Duchess89See all my reviews

Ryūhei a salary man loses his job, and is soon on the scrap heap of the unemployed, a very common and relevant case for so many in these times.

In this case the film documents what it means to be a working man or woman, a case of how a job can define a person. In the case of Ryūhei it's the struggle to maintain that sense of honour and pride that is so ingrained in Japanese culture, that when he is finally let go, he simply packs his belongings from work and walks out-not a word to his colleagues, and not a word to his family.

The next morning he leaves for 'work' donned in the usual work attire spending the day on the fringes of regular life-lining up for free food, sitting in public libraries, roaming the various employment offices for vacancies, then coming home earlier then usual to face the doom of subsequent family expenses (the son wants to take piano lessons, the wife wants a new car, the heater needs to be replaced).

Despite the downward spiral into despair for which this film descends into,there is a feeling of a more hopeful future.


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