Tony Takitani
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Due to his Western name, Tony was shunned by other kids and spent a solitary childhood. Though gifted as an artist, his drawings lacked feeling, so as an adult, he carved a career as a technical illustrator. Then in middle age, Tony suddenly falls for a pretty young woman, Eiko Konuma, who visits him one day on business. Eiko is like an angel in Tony's daily existence, and for the first time in his life, he feels connected to the outside world. However, Eiko does have one fault: she's a clothing shopaholic. Confusion also begins to develop when it appears that Eiko has a double.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An ethereal modern fable without a moral, Tony Takatani seeps into the soul and lingers. For filmgoers in search of a quietly absorbing escape, it might be the perfect holiday-movie antidote."
‑ Kristin Tillotson, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's a marvelously moody meditation, beautiful to look at and beautiful to ponder as the camera slowly pans from one scene to the next, framing life as still life."
‑ Teresa Wiltz, Washington Post
"Scarcely satisfies, yet it lingers -- limpidity of image along with imperceptible epiphanies"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Filme de construção poética e delicada, encanta pelo tocante estudo de personagens e por discutir, através de seus quadros reveladores, temas complexos como a solidão, a natureza da memória, fetiches e obsessões."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"embodies that lose-lose conundrum we all face: loneliness is painful, but finding and then losing love is just as bad"
‑ Don Willmott,
"Though it falters as a narrative, Tony Takitani sticks in the mind with its poetic contemplativeness."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"It's a film for specialized tastes, quiet, delicate. But it suits those tastes beautifully."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Ichikawa brilliantly captures Murakami's blend of whimsy, irony and melancholy, while finding intelligent and inventive ways to convert the author's verbal idiosyncrasies to a visual medium."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"An impressive achievement."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Ichikawa evokes the heady and suffocating effect of the past playing irrevocable catch-up with itself."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Like a cultivated orchid, the delicate product of careful attention and an appreciation for fleeting beauty."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Tony Takitani, fablelike and beautiful, requires a certain amount of patience, but its small, peculiar charms work their way into your soul."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"This could reverently be called a model of minimalism, but I am more inclined to call it dull as dishwater."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Jun Ichikawa's slight, lovely little drama understands the pleasure of seeing, using many quiet, patient takes to absorb its delicate visuals."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's a serene experience, letting the film wash over you and transport you into its isolated, melancholy little world."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
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