» Reviews: Tokyo Sonata

Nathan Schwartz

|    Wednesday, May 26, 2010

  • Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Producer: Yasushi Kotani, Michael J. Werner, Yuke Kito, Wouter Barendrecht
  • Writer: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Max Mannix, Sachiko Tanaka
  • Starring: Teruyuki Kagawa, Kyôko Koizumi, Yû Koyanagi, Inowaki Kai, Haruka Igawa, Kanji Tsuda
  • Distributor: Fortissimo Films
  • Running Time: 120 min
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama

I don’t know much about Japanese culture at all, but I really adored Tokyo Sonata, a film about a seemingly ordinary Japanese family whose lives start snowballing into an almost Shakespearean-type abyss when the father loses his job. It is a very well done and poignant look into the practically horror-like consequences of losing control over one’s life. Now, it certainly wasn’t perfect – there were a few crumtastic scenes and some of the supporting cast could have been better illustrated – but there was enough remarkable dialogue, acting, and overall awesomeness to make up for it.

Verdict: Rent It

 

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