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: March 13, 2009
DVD 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.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

The movie slides into a kind of bizarre hyperreality that makes its desperation slightly hallucinatory but, paradoxically, more moving.

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.

Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

A film that effectively examines both the familial conflicts in Japan's transitioning society and the wondrous avenues each individual within the family explores.

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Mark Peranson
Globe and Mail

Though far from flawless, it's an adventurous work that is both disturbing and ultimately moving.

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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter

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

Mark Asch
Stop Smiling

The family is just one of the nuclear units on the brink of systemic collapse in Kurosawa's mordant contemporary opus, which... builds up an edifice of wit around tragedy.

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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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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
Jesse Ortega
Goddamn this is what I needed after the horrible Couples Retreat. Never watch that movie everybody! Don't even think about it and if you do...kill… More
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
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.