Tokyo Sonata (Tokyo Sonata)
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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 looking after his teenage sons, Takashi (Yu Koyanagi) and Kenji (Kai Inowaki), with his wife, Megumi (Kyoko Koizumi). But what Megumi and her children don't know is that Ryuhei is out of a job; his position was outsourced to a company in China, and he's too ashamed to tell his family the truth. Ryuhei leaves home every morning as if he's going to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Philip Kennicott, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Jason Anderson, Toronto Star
"[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."
‑ Genevieve Yue, Film Comment Magazine
"A horror film of a different sort from director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who made his reputation as a "J-horror" director of intelligent supernatural thrillers ..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Kurosawa's relaxed pacing and lack of concern for explaining every last thing will be a welcome relief if you've wearied of blockbusters..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa cut his teeth on horror movies, and his flattened, formal style mines the horror in everyday urban life."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"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."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"There's a lesson in Tokyo Story. The lesson has to do with kindness and human interaction."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Japanese horror maestro Kiyoshi Kurosawa applies his offbeat approach to the uniquely Japanese brand of dysfunctional family comedy in this droll satire."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Kagawa does the heavy dramatic lifting in Tokyo Sonata, convincingly portraying a good man flailing against reality. But Koizumi is similarly effective, and the brooding child actor Kai is also top-notch."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Kurosawa's first domestic drama is music to general audience's ears."
‑ Maggie Lee, Hollywood Reporter
"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"
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"A highlight of the Cannes Film Fest, Tokyo Sonata should broaden Kurosawa's appeal in the U.S."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Taking a break from his regular diet of fantasy and horror, Japan's Kiyoshi Kurosawa delivers here a fierce indictment of modern-day Japan."
‑ Dan Fainaru, Screen International
"The film in many ways is the bleakest indictment of contemporary Japanese culture I've seen. Yet it also functions as dark comedy, fierce character study and uplifting tale of redemption."
‑ Donald Munro, Fresno Bee
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