This is like a capricious Ozu film with a less subtle depiction of the Japanese family breakdown. The cinematography here is stellar and the lives of the respective family members coalesce quite well into the finale, which I found very moving. I loved this film and would highly recommend it to any aficionado of "meditative" cinema.
Like a melancholic piano piece.
Tra i migliori film giapponesi degli anni duemila, una delicatissima storia sulla crisi di una (della) famiglia giapponese: economica, valoriale, affettiva. La salvezza, come sempre, è nella musica.
Started off okay but then went over-the-top ridiculous. And that ending was weak sauce.
This is like Ozu on anti-depressants. A family drama which gets more and more miserable as the relationships disintegrate further and further – but it’s still purposeful in showing this darker side of modern day suburbia, and does it well all throughout (including the spontaneously absurdist style within the third act). Not something I’d see again, but commendable on this one-off experience.
A very expressive film that made me feel uncomfortable, seeing people in a highly pressurized society losing their job, lying to their partners just to fit, to live up to an image everyone has of them. It's particularly bad for men, being the breadwinners. Very touching.
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I pretty much agree with what Daniel said and I think the strengths of the film definitely outweighed it's flaws. It was quite different in style from other Japanese films I've watched and I liked it very much.
J'aime énormément ce film... qu'on ne trouve pas en DVD en France... Dommage !
Strong first half of the film, very compelling look into a Modern day Japanese family. Last half felt a little dragged and maybe a little misguided. Although the ending is fantastic and summarizes the film very well.
Very disaapointed from Kurosawa K.
My introduction to the world of Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Beautiful cinematography and acting. The final scene was breathtaking.
An amazing movie describing a modern and globalized Japan.
The last scene was unbelievable, the music , the boy - I was very touched by the whole film and especially the final scene.
One of the best KK so far, not as intense as Kairo but a great movie of a different kind. A deep insight about the importance of the appearances, the disintegration and rebuilding of the japanese family (but Miike's Visitor Q remains unreachable), the problem of the authority. Kurosawa takes his time as usual with this slow paced drama,filling it with occasional burst of violence, and the result is simply great.
Whats the purpose of art? All I know is this movie made me feel good.
You watch this and wonder...really? do the Japanese permit these things in their culture? and then you think: yes, and i see some that too in mine.
Very good film, and a very beautiful ending.
Wow! Wow! Wow! It's hard to find words to describe how great this movie is. BEST final scene of any movie ever made.
A scalping family study, an excellent psychological study of incommunicability, melancholy and deception.Kurosawa paints family relationships, daily routines, banal quotidien and interior pain like no one did,really.Tokyo Sonata is a slow exploration of our lives, a mind-blowing film of intense bravura.I am stunned.This is the greatest film I have seen all year, saw it at the BIFF.
great, great, great. really, this film is great!
The final scene of this film is breathtaking. Saw this at TIFF08 and loved it.
Deception. Watch his fingers.
Apart from "Cure", I never liked K.Kurosawa's J-horror movies. However, I always sensed that he had the potential to do a character study and "Tokyo Sonata" is exactly that. The final scene is absolutely lovely.
It was great watching each one of the characters gradually fall to a terrible pit in their life, and then catching back up in one of the most gratifying endings played in cinema. Can't wait 'til release in theatres or DVD, a potential member of the CC.