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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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

Ryuhei goes to Hello Work to seek help finding a job. Hello Work is a Japanese government agency that tries to help people looking for employment. See more »

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Referenced in Forget Me Not (2015) See more »

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Claire de Lune
Composed by Claude Debussy
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A hard look at Japan
13 September 2009 | by sideriteSee 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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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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