Tokyo Sonata (Tokyo Sonata)
Tokyo Sonata (Tokyo Sonata) (2009)

A typical household secretly teeters on the verge of collapse in this stark drama from director Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Businessman Ryuhei Sasaki (Teruyuki Kagawa) is the principal breadwinner of a seemingly happy family in Tokyo, with Ryuhei… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 4, 2010
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: J-Horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa turns successfully to dramedy and gives a unique (and specifically national) perspective to the universal subjects of family and identity.

Philip Kennicott
Washington Post

Kurosawa is the rare director who simply lets his film dissolve into music, allowing the plot to take the film naturally to a musical conclusion.

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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star

A skilful and continually surprising drama, Tokyo Sonata depicts the gradual deterioration of an ordinary Japanese family after its breadwinner loses his job owing to corporate downsizing.

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Genevieve Yue
Film Comment Magazine

[H]ere, perhaps more urgently than ever before, it's about what happens when people confront the world outside, and what new, fragile connections they might begin to forge.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa cut his teeth on horror movies, and his flattened, formal style mines the horror in everyday urban life.

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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail

The film transcends conventions of genre and cultural boundaries, and turns out to be one of the most compelling, finely orchestrated and oddly enchanting films of the year so far.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

There's a lesson in Tokyo Story. The lesson has to do with kindness and human interaction.

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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter

Kurosawa's first domestic drama is music to general audience's ears.

Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com

Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (no relation to the master) is best known for his up-market horror films (Cure, Retribution, and many others.) Here he is dealing with a horror of a different sort: the meltdown of the Japanese economy and the collapse of the soc

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

A highlight of the Cannes Film Fest, Tokyo Sonata should broaden Kurosawa's appeal in the U.S.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
This is a very good movie, which unfortunately does not translate to being enjoyable. It follows the lives of a family - a father who has been made redundant,… More
John Ballantine
A genuine feel to this tearjerker about a family's descent and the audiences' hope that they will find some redemption and resurrection by film's… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Tokyo Sonata" starts with a storm bearing down on Japan which blows all the jobs of the administration department away into… More
August Seria
A perfect comedy and family drama all at the same time that does not tell a very intriguing story, but also specifically portrays Japan with realism.
Jeff Talbott
Fascinating and frustrating. This delicate drama from Japan has a quiet and stunning first 70 minutes, an incredibly odd and off-putting middle 40 and then… More
Erin Collins
This was actually pretty good. It was a little slow, but the story was interesting.